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Title: Knowledge, power and politics: contesting 'evidence-based' national sport policy
Authors: Piggin, Joe
Jackson, Steven J.
Lewis, Malcolm
Keywords: Evidence
Foucault
Governmentality
New Zealand
Public policy
Sport and recreation
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © ISSA and SAGE Publications
Citation: PIGGIN, J., JACKSON, S.J. and LEWIS, M., 2009. Knowledge, power and politics: contesting 'evidence-based' national sport policy. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 44 (1), pp. 87 - 101
Abstract: This article analyses the sources of knowledge New Zealand sport and recreation policy-makers rely on when forming public policy. Specifically, utilizing a Foucauldian lens of governmentality, we consider how New Zealand sport and recreation policy is influenced by various sources of knowledge. Through analysis of official policy documents, media releases and interviews with senior New Zealand policy managers, we argue that despite claims of positivistic, `evidence-based' policy, writers draw on a wide range of knowledge sources. Thus, despite being governed by positivism, policy-makers themselves utilize other, multifarious sources of knowledge in order to construct national sport policy. We offer considerations for the future setting of such public policy, and in particular suggest the existing rationale for the formulation of public policy could be altered to acknowledge these wide ranging knowledges.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1177/1012690209102825
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15060
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690209102825
ISSN: 1012-6902
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