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Sport Management: Principles and Applications 

CSSI Publication coverNow available in a fully revised and updated third edition, Sport Management: Principles and Applications by CSSI members Russell Hoye and Matthew Nicholson with colleagues from other universities, examines the nature of the sport industry and the role of the state, non-profit and professional sectors in sport. It focuses on core management principles and their application in a sporting context, highlighting the unique challenges faced in a career in sport management. 

Written in highly accessible style, each chapter has a coherent structure designed to make key information and concepts simple to find and to utilize. Chapters contain a conceptual overview, references, further reading, relevant websites, study questions and up-to-date case studies from around the world to show how theory works in the professional world.

Topics covered include:

  • strategic planning 
  • organisational culture 
  • organisational structures 
  • human resource management 
  • leadership 
  • governance 
  • financial management 
  • marketing 
  • performance management. 

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the practical application of management principles within sport organisations. It is ideal for first and second year students studying sport management related courses, as well as those studying business focused and human movement/physical education courses who are seeking an overview of sport management principles.

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Participation in Sport International Policy Perspectives 


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Edited by Matthew Nicholson, Russell Hoye, Barrie Houlihan 

Although there is growing interest from governments in participation levels in sport, the extent to which governments actively promote ‘sport for all’ and their motives for doing so vary greatly. This is the first book to examine the sport participation policies of national governments across the world and to offer a comparative analysis of the motives for, and successes and failures of those policies. 


Organised around a series of sixteen national case studies, including the UK, the US, Australia, China and India, the book enables students and practitioners to compare and contrast the development, implementation and impact of sport participation policies throughout the world.

An introductory chapter provides a framework for understanding and interpreting those case studies and each chapter then addresses the following key themes: 

  • national structures for sport 
  • national sporting cultures 
  • participation levels in organised sport 
  • the nature and extent of government intervention 
  • implementation of governmental policy 
  • the impact of government policy. 

With contributions from many of the world’s leading experts on sport policy and sport development, this book is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the role of governments in relation to supporting and regulating their citizens’ involvement in sport. 


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The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacekeeping

Spaaij, R. and Burleson, C. (eds) To be published 3 July 2013.

Sport and peacemaking have evolved. It is no longer the case that the Olympic Games and war games exist in isolation from each other. Increasingly, policymakers, peacekeepers, athletes, development workers, presidents of nations and others combine forces in an "integrated" approach towards peace. This approach is located not only within the broader, historically evolved Olympic Movement but also in relation to a newly emerged social movement which promotes development and peace through sport. This book critically examines the ways in which this development is being played out at global, national and local levels, particularly in relation to the Olympic Movement and initiatives such as the biennial Olympic Truce Resolution.

The volume constitutes a unique scholarly attempt to provide an in-depth comparative analysis of the sport of peacemaking in the context of the Olympic Movement. Through international comparison and empirically grounded case studies, the book provides an important new departure in the study of the social impact of the Olympic Movement and related peacemaking efforts. It discusses these issues from a range of academic disciplines, including history, sociology, political science, economics, geography, philosophy and international relations.

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