Local Government, Sport and Recreation
Politics, Policy and Practice in an Age of Austerity
By Neil King
Routledge – 2016 – 224 pages
Local government has a crucial role to play in shaping the outputs and outcomes of the public policy process. In no area of policy is this trurer than in sport, with local authorities central to the delivery of community sport projects and a vital agent in providing opportunities to participate and progress in sport-related activities. This is the first book to map, analyse and explain the function of local government in the formulation and implementation of sport policy.
Offering a critical account of sport policy processes, and drawing on theories of the state, central-local government relations and changing modes of local governance, the book explores a number of key themes, including:
1. Introduction 2. Sport, Local Government and the Leisure Professionals 3. The Political and Administrative Status of Sport Services 4. Sport, Local Government and Party Political Control 5. The Governance of Local Sport Policy in the UK 6. Localism and Sport in Local Government 7. Devolution and Sport in Local Government – the UK Context 8. Devolution, Sport and Local Government in Belgium, Germany, and Spain 9. Local Government, Sport and Policy Learning 10. Theorising Local Government Sport Policy
Neil King is Senior Lecturer in Sport Development at Edge Hill University, UK