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Resisting self-regulation: an analysisof sport policy programme making andimplementation in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)In: International journal of sport policy and politics, ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 7, no 3, 391-406 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political programming of sport has become the new orthodoxy in many countrieswhere the strive for a more healthy and civically engaged population is intertwinedwith an ambition to encourage and make responsible individuals and organizations formeeting societal goals. Although much effort has been put into studying this phenomenon,there is still a shortage of understanding of how, why and with what results sportpolicy programmes are made and implemented. To address this shortage this articlereports on a study of the largest government intervention in sport in Sweden with thepurpose of exploring processes of responsibilization and self-regulation at play in therelationship between the government and sport as well as between sport organizationson different levels. Results show how sport has received a more salient position on thegovernment agenda, where more instrumental goals have been accompanied byincreased resources to aid in their attainment. This process has assisted in the ambitionsto modernize sports organizations by encouraging development through selfregulation.The sports organizations involved have embraced the new goals andresources. However, instead of self-regulating in the desired direction, each organizationallevel in the sports system has forwarded the responsibility for development tothe next level below. This process has left the sports clubs with the full responsibilityof meeting the government goals, a responsibility they have not accepted.Understandings of these phenomena and processes are discussed by pointing to thespecific institutional landscape and tradition of Swedish sport.

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London: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 7, no 3, 391-406 p.
Keyword [en]
government involvement; national sports organizations; power; sports clubs; sport governance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93414DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2014.925954OAI: diva2:748553

Published online: 31 Jul 2014

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