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An analysis of County Sports Partnerships in England: The fragility, challenges and complexity of partnership working in sports development

Mackintosh, CI (2011) An analysis of County Sports Partnerships in England: The fragility, challenges and complexity of partnership working in sports development. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 7 (3). pp. 45-64. ISSN 1940-6959

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Abstract

The management, use and reliance upon multi-agency partnerships in the field of public sector sports development became increasingly important following the election of the ‘New’ Labour government in 1997. In this study one example of a multi-agency partnership – County Sports Partnership (CSP) – will be examined through a case study analysis of four CSPs in the East Midlands region of England. A review of the theoretical and conceptual literature around partnership working will inform an appraisal of the impact of CSP arrangements in this region. The theoretical framework of partnership dynamics is utilized to explore the reality of partnership working in sports development in conjunction with the findings of four in-depth interviews that were conducted with Chief Executive Officers and senior managers in each of the CSP regions. In particular, consideration will be given to the potential implications and issues of ‘working in partnership’ for public sector sports development officers and managers who negotiate the complex and challenging policy environment surrounding multi-agency working in sport. The key findings of the research include the extent to which there appears to be a misunderstanding of the CSP role amongst some CSP partner agencies; the fragility of partnership working; the importance of relationship management; and the complex shifting politics of sports development policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics in 2011 , available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2010.524809
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1504 Commercial Services, 1605 Policy And Administration
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 13:22
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 09:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/19406940.2010.524809
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2151

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