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An analysis of third sector sport organisations in an era of ‘super-austerity’

Hayton, JW and Walker, C (2018) An analysis of third sector sport organisations in an era of ‘super-austerity’. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10 (1). pp. 43-61. ISSN 1940-6940

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This article investigates the impacts of ‘super-austerity’ upon sport-focussed third-sector sport organisations (TSSOs) in England and how they negotiate the implications of an increasingly constrained fiscal climate. Set against the backdrop of the recent election of the Conservative government (in 2015), the research explores the relationship of these TSSOs to both local and central government. To do this, the authors draw upon semi-structured interviews undertaken with the chief executive officers/managers of 14 TSSOs of varying size and scope. The article reports how TSSOs have acted to negotiate the advances of ‘super-austerity’ and move to obtain resource sufficiency. The findings also offer an insight into how sustained government spending cuts and a concomitant residual commitment of local authorities to sport are shaping not only TSSOs relationships with the public sector but also with each other. The article discusses the role of sport in the overall function and remit of the TSSOs that comprise the sample as the sector adapts to compliment a ‘smarter’ state.

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 on 1/03/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19406940.2017.1374296
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1504 Commercial Services, 1605 Policy And Administration
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 14:21
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/19406940.2017.1374296
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8168

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