Cross-Comparative Sport Policy Analysis and Paralympic Sport

Dowling, Mathew and Legg, David and Phil, Brown (2017) Cross-Comparative Sport Policy Analysis and Paralympic Sport. In: The Routledge Handbook of the Paralympic Games. Routledge, London. (Submitted)

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The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the reader to the discussions surrounding the cross-comparative sport policy literature and begin examining how cross-comparative sport policy research might be applied to a Paralympic sport context. In doing so, the chapter identifies a number of issues in applying what have historically been able-bodied centric comparative models to examine Paralympic sport. The current chapter is organised into two sections; the first provides a brief overview of the cross-comparative debate along with the various cross-comparative sport policy models that have been proposed in recent years. The second section considers how cross-comparative sport policy models (or modified versions of them) might be applied to better understand the Paralympic sport domain. In particular, we draw upon the ‘SPLISS’ model put forward by De Bosscher and colleagues as one of many examples of cross-comparative sport policy models that could be used to examine Paralympic sport. The central premise of the chapter is that the adoption of cross-comparative sport policy approaches has the potential to further develop our understanding of Paralympic sport; however, any attempts to adopt and apply cross-comparative sport policy approaches to Paralympic sport should only be done so cautiously.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Sport policy, Comparative, Paralympics
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr Mathew Dowling
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 13:01
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 13:01

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