Sport, Politics and Policy
Sport is integrated across all sectors of society (public, private and voluntary) and it is often characterised by a messy co-mingling of the three. Changes in policy (or the introduction of new policies) invariably entail an attempt to change the structure or balance of real power within/between organisations. Analysing the politics around these processes is worthy of attention because they not only reflect citizen demands - they shape expectations as well, giving issues like ‘obesity’, or ‘medal counts’ legitimacy in the public domain. This session welcomes papers having a focus on politics and policy as they relate to matters of the state (both local and federal), supra-national institutions and sport governing bodies.
We encourage all participants to take up RC27 membership to benefit from priority in abstract selection, as well as networking opportunities through the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) eBulletin and annual conferences.