policy community

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A set of interrelated actors (individuals and organizations) with a common interest in an issue or a problem that could be furthered on the basis of governmental policy. An effective policy community is usually a relatively small group with shared views, values, and interests, and good access to influential figures in the policy-making process. Barrie Houlihan's ‘The Politics of Sports Policy in Britain: The Example of Drug Abuse’ (in Leisure Studies, 9/1, 1990) adapts M. Laffin's writings, on professional and policy communities, to the sport context. He shows that, though some of the conditions of the policy community are met by those concerned with drug abuse in sport, the vital ingredient of value consensus ‘seems to be missing’, so rendering this particular policy community less influential and effective.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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