Partnership and collaboration in sport: a study in the context of the New Opportunities for PE and Sport programme in three English cities

Lindsey, Iain (2008) Partnership and collaboration in sport: a study in the context of the New Opportunities for PE and Sport programme in three English cities. Loughborough University, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Doctoral Thesis , 362pp.


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Tett et al. (2003, p38) state that ‘themes of collaboration and partnership …
are at the centre of New Labour’s vision of a modernised welfare state’.
Concomitant with this government focus, the quantity of research on
partnership and collaboration has expanded rapidly. However, there have
been few studies of these types of relationships in the field of PE, school
and community sport. In order to begin to address this gap, this study
examined partnership and collaboration in the context of the New
Opportunities of PE and Sport (NOPES) programme. The study was
underpinned by a variety of theoretical concepts included those, such as
policy networks, that may be specifically related to partnerships and
collaboration as well as others, such as governmentality, that are more
generic. Within three case studies of specific local authority areas, interview
data from stakeholders in the NOPES programme was combined with
documentary evidence where available. Cross-case analysis identified a
variety of complex forms of partnership and collaboration both within the
NOPES programme itself and its wider context. These different partnerships
and collaborations all had an effect on the NOPES policy process in the
respective case studies but in varied ways according to their different forms
and the agencies involved. As a result of these findings, a number of
implications for future policy related to partnership and collaboration were
identified. In particular, it was suggested that a more nuanced policy
approach based on an understanding of the complexities of partnerships
and collaboration should be adopted. The findings also stimulated
suggestions for theoretical development, especially of the policy networks
concept, and for future research both in the context of sport and other policy

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 51016
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2008Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 02 May 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:28

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