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Sport Policy Systems and Sport Federations

A Cross-National Perspective

  • Jeroen Scheerder
  • Annick Willem
  • Elien Claes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Elien Claes, Jeroen Scheerder, Annick Willem, Sandrine Billiet
    Pages 41-63
  3. Lucie Thibault
    Pages 65-87
  4. Hanna Vehmas, Kalervo Ilmanen
    Pages 113-134
  5. Christoph Breuer, Tobias Nowy
    Pages 157-178
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-334

About this book


This book explores the organisation and structure of sport in and beyond Europe. Drawing upon up-to-date data, the collection’s main focus lies on the relationship between public sport policy structures and sport (con)federations. The authors present thirteen country-specific contexts wherein sport policy systems are embedded. This evidence provides in-depth descriptions and analyses within a solid academic and theoretical framework. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Sociology of Sport, Sport Management and Sport Policy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jeroen Scheerder
    • 1
  • Annick Willem
    • 2
  • Elien Claes
    • 3
  1. 1.Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research GroupKU LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Movement & Sport SciencesGhent UniversityBelgium
  3. 3.Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research GroupKU LeuvenBelgium

About the editors

Jeroen Scheerder is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Head of the Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Between 2014 and 2016 he was President of the European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS).

Annick Willem is Associate Professor in Sport Management in the Department of Movement and Sport Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium, and holder of the Olympic Chair Henri de Baillet Latour-Jacques Rogge. She is Academic Coordinator of the Belgian Olympic Academy.

Elien Claes is Scientific Researcher within the Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She is involved in research projects on sport policy and sport management.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sport Policy Systems and Sport Federations
  • Book Subtitle A Cross-National Perspective
  • Editors Jeroen Scheerder
    Annick Willem
    Elien Claes
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-60221-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95634-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-60222-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 334
  • Number of Illustrations 65 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Sports Economics
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“The book is well-written. The exposition is self-contained, intelligent and well-paced. The book will appeal to people working in fractal geometry and dynamical systems as well as people working in number theory.” (Lars Olsen, Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung, Vol. 121, 2019)