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Resisting self-regulation: an analysis of sport policy programme making and implementation 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.
2015 (English)In: International journal of sport policy and politics, ISSN 1940-6940, 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 countries where the strive for a more healthy and civically engaged population is intertwined with an ambition to encourage and make responsible individuals and organizations for meeting 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 sport policy programmes are made and implemented. To address this shortage this article reports on a study of the largest government intervention in sport in Sweden with the purpose of exploring processes of responsibilization and self-regulation at play in the relationship between the government and sport as well as between sport organizations on different levels. Results show how sport has received a more salient position on the government agenda, where more instrumental goals have been accompanied by increased resources to aid in their attainment. This process has assisted in the ambitions to modernize sports organizations by encouraging development through self-regulation. The sports organizations involved have embraced the new goals and resources. However, instead of self-regulating in the desired direction, each organizational level in the sports system has forwarded the responsibility for development to the next level below. This process has left the sports clubs with the full responsibility of meeting the government goals, a responsibility they have not accepted. Understandings of these phenomena and processes are discussed by pointing to the specific institutional landscape and tradition of Swedish sport.

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London: Routledge, 2015. Vol. 7, no 3, 391-406 p.
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government involvement; national sports organizations; power; sports clubs; sport governance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93414DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2014.925954ISI: 000214500300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-93414DiVA: diva2:748553
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