The Modernization of Policy-Making Processes in National Sport Organizations: A Case Study of Athletics Canada

Dowling, Mathew and Denison, James and Washington, Marvin (2015) The Modernization of Policy-Making Processes in National Sport Organizations: A Case Study of Athletics Canada. Journal of Amateur Sport, 1 (2). pp. 78-102. ISSN 2372-8078

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This article explores the consequences of modernization on the policy-making processes of a singular National Sport Organization: Athletics Canada. In drawing upon the works of Green and Houlihan (2005) as a baseline comparison, we examine how the organizations’ policy-making processes have changed over a 10-year period (2002-2012). Specifically, our analysis focuses on the nature and extent of these intra- organizational policy-related changes and how they have influenced the organization’s decision-making capabilities. The descriptive analysis is informed by empirical data collected from eight in-depth semi-structured interviews with senior Athletics Canada personnel and concentrates on three inter-related themes (i) the development and prioritization of Own the Podium funded policies and programs; and (ii) the development and prioritization of evidence-based policies and programs, which, in turn, has resulted in (iii) increased inter-organizational relationship strain between Athletics Canada and its key delivery partners. More broadly, our investigation contributes to recent amateur sport scholarship that has sought to better understand how these broader socio-political shifts have influenced the specific decision-making processes of sport organizations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Amateur sport, Track and field athletics, National sport organisations
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Mathew Dowling
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 11:03
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:00

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