chapter  1
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The Framework for Analysis

The period since 1990 has been one of the most signifi cant for British sport since government began to take a sustained interest in the policy area in the mid-1960s. What was, in the late 1980s, a largely neglected backwater of public policy has experienced a rapid increase in political attention leading to a plethora of policy initiatives and a substantial increase in public funding. The purpose of this book is to provide an analysis of the nature and extent of change in the fortunes of British sport. It is argued that since the early 1990s there has been signifi cant change across a range of dimensions of sport policy and especially in relation to: the salience of sport to government; the allocation of government resources associated with sport; the machinery of government concerned with sport; and the distribution of power in the policy sub-sector.