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‘Good’ Policy Theory and the EU’s Sports Policy : Is the EU’s Sports Policy a ‘Good’ Policy?

Rappers, Leona (2009) ‘Good’ Policy Theory and the EU’s Sports Policy : Is the EU’s Sports Policy a ‘Good’ Policy?

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Abstract:Since the 1970s, sport has been on the agenda of the European Union, but no coherent approach has so far developed. Rather, issues that are ‘inherent to sport’ were said to fall out of Community law anyway; while sporting matters that fell under Competition Law and Single Market Policies, most notably, were indeed subject to EU jurisdiction. In recent years, however, excluding purely sporting matters from the scope of Community law per se has dissolved into an approach, especially by the European Courts, to consider each and every case individually. Now, it is indeed possible that the European Courts rule a matter that would have formerly been outside of Community law to be subject to the jurisdiction of EU law – this is the socalled case-by-case approach. This has been facilitated by the recent developments in the EU’s involvement in sport; most notably the White Paper of 2007 and the Reform Treaty. This research will take these developments as a starting point to see whether the current approach can be called ‘good’. In order to do so, a theory about what constitutes a ‘good’ policy will be built; revolving around the specific criteria of the formulation of a policy in a certain way, the feasibility of a policy, and the satisfaction of stakeholders. In the end, it will be seen that the EU’s involvement in sport indeed can be said to fulfill these three criteria and can therefore, on basis of this theory, be called a ‘good’ policy.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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