Living with Imperfect Comparisons: The Challenges and Limitation of Cross-Comparative Paralympic Sport Policy Research

Dowling, Mathew and Brown, Phil and Legg, David and Beacom, Aaron (2017) Living with Imperfect Comparisons: The Challenges and Limitation of Cross-Comparative Paralympic Sport Policy Research. Sport Management Review. ISSN 1441-3523 (Accepted)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2017.05.002

Abstract

This article explores the challenges and limitations of conducting cross-comparative management/policy research in the Paralympic sporting domain. The comparative sport policy debate in able-bodied sport has emerged, in part, due to the increasing complexity, uncertainty and competitive nature of high performance sport environments and a desire to understand why some countries are more successful than others at international sporting competition. The same issues and questions have also emerged within the Paralympic context. As a precursor to establishing a research agenda in this area, however, it was deemed important to address the epistemological, methodological and practical issues in comparative sport research. The analysis draws upon this broader comparative literature and examples from the Paralympic sporting context to identify and discuss the challenges and limitations of the comparative approach as well as recommendations for mitigating against them

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: comparative, sport policy, high performance, paralympics, disability
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr Mathew Dowling
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 14:39
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 13:31
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701632

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