The aim of this thesis is to examine the extent to which selected aspects of sport policy in
Japan and also UK/England are influenced by international forces. The objectives which
underpin the research aim are to analyse the characteristics of the domestic policy areas and
identify the varying degree of impact of external influences on domestic sport policy. The
thesis examines the interactions between domestic and international factors that shape elite
sport policy and anti-doping policy and seeks to identify how domestic institutional values
and ideas have been shaped by global influences. Importantly, by analysing the nature and
mechanisms of global influence that are manifest at the domestic level, it is intended to
identify varying degree of impact external to national policy.
To achieve the above objectives, a qualitative methodology and related documentary
research methods are adopted in the empirical investigations. Policy document analysis and
semi-structured interviews are employed. The cases of UK (or England where appropriate)
are introduced in order to generate a deeper understanding of the development of Japanese
elite sport and anti-doping policy. The thesis draws on a range of theoretical frameworks,
including international relations theory, international regime theory and globalisation, to
analyse the empirical data. By adopting these theoretical frameworks, it is aimed to identify
the possible characteristics of international policy regimes in the policy areas of elite sport
and anti-doping... cont'd.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.