A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.The aim of this thesis is to examine the extent to which selected aspects of sport policy in\ud Japan and also UK/England are influenced by international forces. The objectives which\ud underpin the research aim are to analyse the characteristics of the domestic policy areas and\ud identify the varying degree of impact of external influences on domestic sport policy. The\ud thesis examines the interactions between domestic and international factors that shape elite\ud sport policy and anti-doping policy and seeks to identify how domestic institutional values\ud and ideas have been shaped by global influences. Importantly, by analysing the nature and\ud mechanisms of global influence that are manifest at the domestic level, it is intended to\ud identify varying degree of impact external to national policy.\ud To achieve the above objectives, a qualitative methodology and related documentary\ud research methods are adopted in the empirical investigations. Policy document analysis and\ud semi-structured interviews are employed. The cases of UK (or England where appropriate)\ud are introduced in order to generate a deeper understanding of the development of Japanese\ud elite sport and anti-doping policy. The thesis draws on a range of theoretical frameworks,\ud including international relations theory, international regime theory and globalisation, to\ud analyse the empirical data. By adopting these theoretical frameworks, it is aimed to identify\ud the possible characteristics of international policy regimes in the policy areas of elite sport\ud and anti-doping... cont'd
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