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Under New Governance? Examining the Role of Canadian Sport for Life in Sport Policy and Governance

  • Author / Creator
    Dowling, Mathew Scott
  • This investigation examined the role of Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) as a newly emerging phenomenon within Canadian sport. In drawing upon the notions of governance theory or the so-called ‘governance narrative,’ the inquiry sought to answer the question: What is the role of CS4L within sport policy and governance? An embedded, explanatory, case study design was employed using semi-structured interviews with CS4L leadership team members and senior Sport Canada officials. Interviews were supplemented by documentation, workshop/conference observations, and conference attendance data. The results examined the emergence and development of CS4L within the context of Canadian sport policy and CS4L’s relationship with Sport Canada. Ultimately, this thesis contends that CS4L can be viewed as a fundamental shift from government to governance, however, Sport Canada still remains the central actor within Canadian sport with CS4L being used as a tool to achieve the objectives of the state.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3B56DC8Q
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Washington, Marvin (Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation/Alberta School of Business)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Denison, Jim (Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Patten, Stephen (Department of Political Sciences)
    • Thibault, Lucie (Department of Sport Management, Brock University)
    • Harber,Vicki (Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation)