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Sports Law and Policy in the European Union$
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Richard Parrish

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066061

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066061.001.0001

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Towards a theory of EU sports law and policy

Towards a theory of EU sports law and policy

(p.23) 2 Towards a theory of EU sports law and policy
Sports Law and Policy in the European Union

Richard Parrish

Manchester University Press

This chapter investigates the theoretical basis for European Union (EU) sports law and policy. The arguments forwarded by intergovernmentalists and neofunctionalists are reviewed. Hoffmann's obstinate nation state restricted itself to uncontroversial economic integration. Milward argues that the EU became an external support system for Europe's nations. Moravcsik's accounts of European integration focus on the preferences and power of the member states. Neofunctionalism remains clearly distinct from the intergovernmentalist camp in that neofunctionalism de-emphasises state capabilities in the regional integration process. Sabatier's Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) focus on competing advocacy coalitions within policy subsystems effectively captures the real nature of EU governance. He identifies a number of factors affecting the development of policy within a subsystem. The focus on the role of political institutions in shaping policy is the concern of new institutionalism. The interplay between actors and institutions creates policy-specific governance regimes within policy subsystems.

Keywords:   sports law, sports policy, European Union, intergovernmentalists, neofunctionalists, Hoffmann, Milward, Moravcsik, neofunctionalism, Advocacy Coalition Framework

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