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Local Government, Sport and Recreation

Politics, Policy and Practice in an Age of Austerity

By Neil King

Routledge – 2016 – 224 pages

Series: Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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    978-0-415-68868-0
    June 14th 2015
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Description

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:

  • the changing role of local government in providing and delivering sport-related services
  • the nature, extent and impact of localism and devolution on local authority sport policy
  • equity in sport-related provision
  • the future role and remit of local authority sport services.
Drawing on new empirical research and presenting a series of case-studies of unprecedented depth of sport policy in a number of major international cities, this book is essential reading for all advanced students, researchers and policy-makers with an interest in sport development, sport policy or local government.

Contents

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

Author Bio

Neil King is Senior Lecturer in Sport Development at Edge Hill University, UK

Name: Local Government, Sport and Recreation: Politics, Policy and Practice in an Age of Austerity (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Neil King. 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...
Categories: Sports Policy, Community Sport Development, Sport and Politics, Sociology of Sport, Local Government, Social Policy, British Politics, European Politics