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Knowledge, power and politics: contesting 'evidence-based' national sport policy

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posted on 27.06.2014, 12:37 authored by Joe PigginJoe Piggin, Steven J. Jackson, Malcolm Lewis
This article analyses the sources of knowledge New Zealand sport and recreation policy-makers rely on when forming public policy. Specifically, utilizing a Foucauldian lens of governmentality, we consider how New Zealand sport and recreation policy is influenced by various sources of knowledge. Through analysis of official policy documents, media releases and interviews with senior New Zealand policy managers, we argue that despite claims of positivistic, `evidence-based' policy, writers draw on a wide range of knowledge sources. Thus, despite being governed by positivism, policy-makers themselves utilize other, multifarious sources of knowledge in order to construct national sport policy. We offer considerations for the future setting of such public policy, and in particular suggest the existing rationale for the formulation of public policy could be altered to acknowledge these wide ranging knowledges.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Volume

44

Issue

(1)

Pages

87 - 101

Citation

PIGGIN, J., JACKSON, S.J. and LEWIS, M., 2009. Knowledge, power and politics: contesting 'evidence-based' national sport policy. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 44 (1), pp. 87 - 101

Publisher

© ISSA and SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2009

Notes

This article is closed access.

ISSN

1012-6902

Language

en