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Det samhällsnyttiga Riksidrottsförbundet: Svensk statlig idrottspolitik i ett historiskt, institutionellt och jämförande perspektiv
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrott, historia & samhälle, ISSN 0280-2775, 116-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has maintained that the governmental control of sport in Sweden has been firmly limited. In this article this statement is called in question. The article states that government authorities have influenced the sports movement through a continuous legitimization of sport and a normative standardization of how sport support should be distributed and the sports movement should act and develop. Furthermore, the article states that both the governmental methods of control and the Swedish Sports Confederations, RF’s, position of power within Swedish sport to a great extent can be explained by the concept of sportrelated public welfare. The idea – and later on discourse – formed conceptions of how sport could contribute to the solution of different problems in the advancing welfare state. The discourse and the close relationship that developed between the state and RF have come to influence the public allotment of resources to sport and the movement’s internal distribution of resources, its structure and aims. The guiding-star for “Sport for all’ has in practice meant that a competition-directed RF has got the exclusive rights to redistribute a large amount of the general means intended for sport according to their own discretion, in spite of severe criticism against the chosen corporate administrative model. This has, by extension, contributed to the fact that some sport federations, clubs and athletes have been allotted considerably more resources than others. 

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2015. 116-147 p.
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Sport Politics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126019OAI: diva2:896776
Den svenska idrottsmodellens historia
Available from: 2016-01-22 Created: 2016-01-22 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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