A Policy Analysis of the Development of Elite Swimming in China Between 2000 and 2012: A National Team Perspective

Zheng, Jinming (2017) A Policy Analysis of the Development of Elite Swimming in China Between 2000 and 2012: A National Team Perspective. International Journal of the History of Sport, 34 (12). pp. 1247-1274. ISSN 0952-3367

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A variety of factors have contributed to China’s recent recovery in elite swimming in particular its success in the London Olympiad. The poor performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games was a ‘wake-up call’, which in conjunction with Beijing’s successful Olympic bid in 2001, opened policy windows prompting large-scale review and reform from which a broad range of ‘heavyweight’ policy actions were introduced and implemented. However, the road to recent success has been ‘bumpy’ during which there were other key events that have left an indelible imprint on Chinese swimming. Therefore, the multiple streams framework in general and the concept of policy windows in particular afford a theoretical gateway to structure policy analysis of elite swimming in China. Moreover, as a Western-derived theory the application of which to a sports context has been very sporadic, the multiple streams framework is evaluated regarding its applicability, or ‘compatibility’. Five semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders were conducted, accompanied by comprehensive document analysis of official documents and website information of associated sports-governing bodies and associations, and influential domestic and foreign media.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, elite swimming, revival, multiple streams, policy windows
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 09:12
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36043

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