Australian Sport--better by Design?: The Evolution of Australian Sport Policy

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 208 pages
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Australians have invested an enormous amount of emotional and physical capital in their sporting systems and structures. While Australian sport has many times been dissected from a historical and cultural perspective, there is little detailed analysis of sport's relationship with government.
The book focuses on sport policy, and examines the ways in which government has affected the development of Australian sport since 1919. The text identifies the political, economic and cultural context in which policies were set, and examines critical policy shifts. The book also provides a strong theoretical foundation by first discussing the underlying principles of policy formulation, and second, the rationale for government intervention in national sport. It includes a number of sport policy case studies, with particular attention to the following topics:
- Elite and Community sport development
- Trends in participation and sport fan preferences
- Problems in attracting young people to sport participation
- Improving the management systems of sporting bodies
- Government policy on sport broadcasting
- Tools for evaluating sport policy
Providing a unique blend of theory, history and practice, this text provides an essential foundation for sport policy analysis and will be read by students of sport studies and sport management as well as professionals with an interest in sport development.
 

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Contents

Sport and Australian society
3
Sport policy foundations
16
Evolution
35
Benign indifference sport policy 192071
37
Crashthrough sport policy 197282
48
Augmentation sport policy 198396
57
Integration sport policy 19962003
76
Practice
87
Junior sport development participation programmes and player pathways
125
Management improvement in sport performance measurement
139
Fair play in sport drugs discrimination disadvantage and disability
155
Regulating sport the case of sport broadcasting
167
Evaluation
173
How can policy outcomes be monitored and measured?
175
What does it all mean?
185
References
196

BASA themes and assumptions
89
Elite sport development targeting high performance
98
Community sport development targeting participation
109

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Bob Stewart is an independent consultant specializing in politics and security. After 26 years of service in the British Army, he retired as a Colonel. He received a distinguished service award for his role as a battalion commander in the Bosnian conflict.

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