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Modern Sports-for-All Policy: An International Comparison of Policy Goals and Models of Service Delivery

Tim Jaekel ()
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Tim Jaekel: National Research University Higher School of Economics

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Abstract: The paper provides a collection and analysis of modern sports-for-all policies in Europe, North America, Australia and China. Promoting a healthy lifestyle among community members by providing easy access to sport facilities has been a traditional function of sport-for-all policies. Modern policy goals now also include promoting racial and gender equity and diversity, fighting doping, harassment and violence, in particular child abuse, and promoting tourism. Despite the different administrative contexts the implementation of policy goals heavily relies on volunteers and voluntary non-for profit organizations. Two in-depth case studies on sport governing bodies in Germany and England exemplify common patterns in service delivery and how policy goals have shifted from maintaining sporting facilities to non-sporting objectives like job creation, stimulation of tourism and gender equity.The paper identifies and discusses five challenges for modern sports-for-all policies: tracking the quality of public service delivery, the link between outcomes and impacts, goal ambiguity and complexity, staff size, and managing collaborations in a hyper-complex environment

Keywords: public administration; public policy; mass sports; health-promoting physical activities (HEPA). (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 H40 Z28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2017
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Published in WP BRP Series: Public and Social Policy / PSP, March 2017, pages 1-25

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