P13 Exploring new roles and possibilities of sport and sport policy

Main chair 

Hiroko KUDO, Faculty of Law, Chuo University, Japan, hirokokd@tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp

Corresponding chair 

Co-Chair (and contact person): Gianluca ANTONUCCI, DEA, "G. d'Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, gianluca.antonucci@unich.it

Review group chairs

  • Co-Chair: Joyce LIDDLE, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK
  • Co-Chair: Andrea GARLATTI, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Udine, Italy
  • Co-Chair (and contact person): Gabriele PALOZZI, Department Management & Law, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy


Sporting activities can create public value through the involvement of citizens. They can indeed: improve citizens’ health; contribute to youngsters’ education; they can even favour the creation of safer and stronger communities. According to the EU White Paper on Sport (COM 2007), public authorities and private organisations should all contribute to promoting sporting activities for all.

Sports policy includes several aspects related to public management, from promoting social integration to developing national identity. According to the European Commission (2006), sport is the largest voluntary non-governmental organisational activity throughout Europe thus facilitating the development of co-production schemes in the twin aims of sport policy (i.e. encouraging grassroots participation) and achieving elite success.

Sport is indeed promoted thanks to different forms of hybrid organisations, from national level, through Sport National Governing Bodies, to local one through local community agencies to promote sport for all. These realities can have different legal forms and statuses, together with different degrees of autonomy in their action, but they are all examples of hybrid organizations which should now look towards the future, seeking for new interaction paths for creating public value.

Moreover, the organisation of mega sports events might represent (as demonstrated by the increase of new candidatures) a country leverage, given the heritage of a worldwide event. Their realisation passes through the creation of ad hoc hybrid organisation with specific competences distributed among public and private organisations.

All the above considered, and in line with the Conference theme, this panel seeks both theoretical and empirical contributions that tackle the issue of the public management of sport trough the different interactions between public and private for new hybridization.

Panel format

The panel seeks both theoretical and empirical contributions that tackle the issue of the public management of sport. The panel format refers to standard presentations (10/15 min), followed by session discussions.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the followings:

  • The different aspects concerning the governance of sport.
  • Social and/or economic outcomes of public sector involvement in sport
  • Management of Hybrid Organisation both in Sport’s National Governing bodies and in local communities
  • Public and Private partnership in the realisation of mega Sports Events
  • Public and Private partnership in infrastructural investment on Sports facilities for grassroots and professional sports
  • How can sport add “public and social value”?
  • How sport can be linked to other policy fields to create more sustainable communities and community well-being/healthy living.
  • Sport and the resolution of social and community issues and equality and inclusion through sport.
  • Active ageing through the support of sport and physical activities.
  • Sport initiatives as support of urban regeneration projects
  • Sport as lever for reducing the gender gap
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