Sport, Policy, and Politics: A Comparative Analysis

Sport, Policy, and Politics: A Comparative Analysis

Sport, Policy, and Politics: A Comparative Analysis

Sport, Policy, and Politics: A Comparative Analysis

Synopsis

Sport, Policy and Politics is a genuinely comparative analysis of sport policy-making in five countries - Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and North America. Some of the issues raised in this book include: * the process of sport policy-making * the administrative framework for sport: the responsibilities of central or federal governments, state governments and local authorities * the division of responsibility between different levels of government * how policy-making has addressed the topical problems of drug abuse in athletes, and the provision of sport and physical education in schools.

Excerpt

The origin of this book lies in an earlier study of politics and policy of British sport. In some respects the present work represents an updating of aspects of the earlier study, but it also represents an extension. The main policy issues examined in the British study concerned soccer hooliganism, drug abuse by athletes and sport for school-age children and it was quite apparent that with regard to drug abuse and hooliganism, the international dimension to policy-making was important both in terms of the significance of international governmental and non-governmental bodies and also in terms of the extent to which governments monitored policy development in other countries.

The book is intended to introduce students to some of the issues and problems associated with comparative study and to identify some of the potential insights to be gained from comparative study. It is also intended that the book should provide a stimulus to debate about the future direction of government involvement in sport.

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