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Fragmented, Complex and Cumbersome: A Study of Disability Sport Policy and Provision in Europe.

THOMAS, Nigel and GUETT, Matthias (2013) Fragmented, Complex and Cumbersome: A Study of Disability Sport Policy and Provision in Europe. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.. ISSN 1940-6940 (Print), 1940-6959 (Online) (In Press)

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This paper examines the provision of disability sport in 19 European countries, an area that has been a largely neglected area of research in sport policy and management. The findings indicate that the organization and structure of disability sport is fragmented, complex and cumbersome and exists within a policy climate characterized by a largely uncoordinated and differential commitment to disability sport. In the majority of countries mainstreaming was an overwhelmingly dominant (though largely rhetorical) policy objective that underpinned the
varied pattern of disability sport provision, but limited progress has been made towards the achievement of this objective. This was related to the reluctance for various mainstream sports organizations to relinquish their existing roles and accept new responsibilities for
disability sport, a lack of sustained political will within and outside the organizations, and a general lack of agreed vision on what constitutes mainstreaming and how to go about
achieving it. Using a policy network model to analyse data, it seems clear that disability sport policy across Europe resembles something of an issue network rather than a coherent policy community.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the European Commission for funding the ASA project (EAC/21/2009/146).
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L400 Social Policy
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nigel THOMAS
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 14:59
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 09:42
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540

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