Conceptual Framework and Research Design

Nagel, Siegfried; Elmose-Østerlund, Karsten; Ibsen, Bjarne; Scheerder, Jeroen (2020). Conceptual Framework and Research Design. In: Nagel, Siegfried; Elmose-Østerlund, Karsten; Ibsen, Bjarne; Scheerder, Jeroen (eds.) Functions of Sports Clubs in European Societies. A Cross-National Comparative Study. Sports Economics, Management and Policy: Vol. 13 (pp. 9-33). Cham: Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-030-48535-1_2

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The overarching aim of this book is to analyse the contribution of sports clubs to public welfare across different European countries. Sports clubs are firstly concep-tualised as voluntary organisations. Then a multi-level conceptual framework is de-veloped to consider the following three analytical levels: (1) historical roots and the embedment of sports clubs in society and sports policy systems (macro-level), (2) the sports club with structural characteristics, goals, resources and management (meso-level), (3) the members and volunteers and their sport activities and engage-ment in the club (micro-level). We then briefly introduce relevant research as well as important policy documents about various socio-political functions, i.e. health promotion, social integration, democratic involvement and participation as well as volunteering. The research questions that guide the analysis across the ten countries chapters are also developed. Finally, the research design of the project “Social In-clusion and Volunteering in Sports Clubs in Europe” (SIVSCE) is presented and limitations are discussed. This project collected comparable data across ten Euro-pean countries by means of the same instruments and standardised questionnaires.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

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Nagel, Siegfried


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Sports Economics, Management and Policy


Springer International Publishing




Edith Desideria Imthurn

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