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"Dropping the Ball": The Understudied Nexus of Sports and Politics

Gift, TC; Miner, A; (2017) "Dropping the Ball": The Understudied Nexus of Sports and Politics. World Affairs , 180 (1) pp. 127-161. 10.1177/0043820017715569. Green open access

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Abstract

From the Roman Colosseum to the Yankee Stadium, the Olympics to the Super Bowl, sports have always played a central role in societies. With so much at stake—money, pride, power (and occasionally even fun)—sports are undeniably political. Yet despite this recognition, political scientists and policy scholars devote little attention to the study of sports, especially compared with other disciplines like business, law, and economics. We offer reasons for this void and suggest how political scientists can begin to fill it. In our view, the nexus between sports and politics is not only a vital topic of study on its own, but it can also provide a lens through which to examine—and test—broader questions in the discipline. We propose how scholars can think more systematically about the interaction of politics and sports and leverage the distinctive qualities of sports to improve causal identification across a range of issue areas and subfields in political science and policy studies.

Type: Article
Title: "Dropping the Ball": The Understudied Nexus of Sports and Politics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0043820017715569
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0043820017715569
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sport and Politics, Sports and Policy, Political Science Research, Political Studies Subfields, Review Article, Sport and Media, Sport and International Affairs
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1575535
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