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posted on 05.03.2020 by Daniel Read, James Skinner, Daniel Lock, Barrie Houlihan
The effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Agency as an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to regulate anti-doping policy has been challenged by doping scandals in sport. Historically, anti-doping policy development has been primarily reactive, determined by the need for dominant organisations to maintain power rather than to protect athletes. The purpose of this paper is to explore reactive anti-doping policy change from a multi-level legitimacy perspective. Using multi-level legitimacy theory and the concept of legitimacy challenges, it is argued that reactive policy change is motivated by a need to manage perceived organisational legitimacy. The recent exposure of systematic doping in Russia is used as an example to support this analysis. These findings are discussed in the context of current criticisms of anti-doping policy.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London
  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

Volume

11

Issue

2

Pages

233 - 245

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics on 21 December 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19406940.2018.1544580.

Acceptance date

22/10/2018

Publication date

2018-12-21

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

1940-6940

eISSN

1940-6959

Language

en

Depositor

Prof James Skinner. Deposit date: 4 March 2020

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