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Policy transfer and learning from the West: elite basketball development in the People's Republic of China

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posted on 12.09.2014 by Barrie Houlihan, Tien-Chin Tan, Mick Green
The article examines the engagement of the People’s Republic of China with global sport using basketball as an example. Following a discussion of the priority given to national elite team sport success in contemporary China, the article explores the range of mechanisms that facilitate sport globalization and focuses particularly on evaluating the utility of the concepts of policy transfer and lesson drawing. The examination of the concepts is achieved through the exploration of a series of questions relating to recent developments in basketball in China, including how the need for reform of the domestic system was recognized and articulated, who was instrumental in transferring policy, which countries were identified as suitable exemplars, and which policies were transferred. The article draws on data collected from a number of sources, including official government documents, news media, and a series of interviews with Chinese officials from key governmental organizations. The article concludes that the concepts of policy transfer and lesson drawing provide significant insight into the process of China’s engagement in basketball, and identifies a series of tensions arising from the process that affect contemporary sport policy.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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JOURNAL OF SPORT & SOCIAL ISSUES

Volume

34

Issue

1

Pages

4 - 28 (25)

Citation

HOULIHAN, B., TAN, T.-C. and GREEN, M., 2010. Policy transfer and learning from the West: elite basketball development in the People's Republic of China. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 34 (1), pp. 4 - 28.

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© Sage Publications on behalf of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society

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SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2010

Notes

This article was published in the serial, Journal of Sport and Social Issues [© Sage Publications on behalf of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0193723509358971

ISSN

0193-7235

Language

en

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