Living with imperfect comparisons: The challenges and limitations of comparative paralympic sport policy research

Dowling, Matthew, Brown, Phil, Legg, David and Beacom, Aaron (2017) Living with imperfect comparisons: The challenges and limitations of comparative paralympic sport policy research. Sport Management Review. ISSN 14413523

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Abstract

In this article, the authors explores the challenges and limitations of conducting cross-comparative management/policy research in the Paralympic sporting domain. The comparative sport policy debate in able-bodied sport has emerged, in part, due to the increasing complexity, uncertainty, and competitive nature of high performance sport environments and a desire to understand why some countries are more successful than others at international sporting competition. The same issues and questions have also emerged within the Paralympic context. As a precursor to establishing a research agenda in this area, however, it was deemed important to begin to address the epistemological, methodological, and practical issues in comparative sport research. The analysis draws upon the broader sociological literature and examples from the Paralympic sporting context to identify and discuss the challenges and limitations of the comparative approach as well as recommendations for mitigating against them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Comparative research, Sport policy, High performance sport, Disability
Depositing User: Ms Alice Primmer
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 13:39
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 11:22
URI: http://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16182

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