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Title: Mechanisms of international influence on domestic elite sport policy
Authors: Houlihan, Barrie
Keywords: Elite sport policy
International influences
Path dependency
Policy learning
Policy regimes
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: HOULIHAN, B., 2009. Mechanisms of international influence on domestic elite sport policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1 (1), pp. 51 - 69
Abstract: In the analysis of sport policy the permeability of domestic policy processes and the significance of non-domestic policy influences is increasingly acknowledged. There is also a growing awareness of the role of domestic institutional arrangements in mediating influences external to the domestic policy system. Taking the interaction between non-domestic influences and domestic policy processes as its starting point the article evaluates, in relation to elite sport, the variety of mechanisms that have been identified as linking the domestic and non-domestic policy spheres. It is argued that the mechanisms vary in relation to the locus of initiative, the basis of engagement, the key relationships and the nature of power relationships. It is also argued that in many countries in relation to elite sport policy there is a dual process in operation of domestically initiated policy learning and non-domestically initiated policy harmonisation through policy regimes.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics on 18th March 2009, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19406940902739090
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/19406940902739090
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15824
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940902739090
ISSN: 1940-6940
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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