The aim of this thesis is to examine the role and purpose of the United Kingdom Minister
for Sport 1964-2009, with particular reference to sports policy-making. The literature
review seeks to establish the position of the Minister in the context of post-war British
politics and party government This is followed by an exposition of the methodological
approach that will be taken and the research methods involved. Several theoretical
models of policy-making are outlined, against which the various Ministers' activities
have been tested. Evidence has been gathered, presented, and discussed from both
quantitative and qualitative approaches, including interviews with key figures, to help
answer the research question: "What is the role of the Minister for Sport in the policymaking
process for UK sport?" It is concluded that UK Ministers for Sport have had a
relatively small role in policy-making, mainly because their position in government has
been too junior. Their main function has been to raise the profile of sport, act as
ambassadors for it, and encourage participation.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.