The global sporting arms race : an international comparative study on sports policy factors leading to international sporting success

DE BOSSCHER, V, BINGHAM, J, SHIBLI, Simon, BOTTENBURG, M. van and DE KNOP, P. (2007). The global sporting arms race : an international comparative study on sports policy factors leading to international sporting success. Meyer & Meyer Sport.

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Abstract

Over the last few decades the power struggle between nations to win medals in major international competitions has intensified. This has led to national sports organisations and governments throughout the world spending increasing sums of money on elite sport. Several nations have indeed shown that accelerated funding in elite sport can lead to an increase of medals won at the Olympics. Nevertheless, in spite of increasing competition and the homogenisation of elite sports systems, the optimum strategy for delivering international success is still unclear. There is no model for comparing, and increasing, the efficiency and effectiveness of elite sport investments and management systems. This makes it difficult for sports managers and policy makers to prioritise and to make the right choices in elite sports policy. This book presents an international comparison of elite sport policies in six nations (Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom). Over 1,400 athletes, coaches and performance directors in these nations have provided information on the climate to perform at the highest level elite sport in their country. Over hundred criteria are evaluated and compared using a scoring system in nine sport policy areas. This book is aimed at sports professionals, academics and politicians seeking a better understanding of the factors that lead to international sporting success and seeking insights in future sport policy developments.

Item Type: Authored Book
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2014 11:36
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2014 11:36
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7875

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