Governance under spotlight

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The 3rd Annual Political Studies Association Sport & Politics Group Conference will be supported by Major Events International, as media partner.

Birkbeck Sport Business Centre at the UK's University of London is hosting the 3rd Annual Political Studies Association Sport & Politics Group Conference on Friday 20 February (9. 30am–5. 45pm; conference dinner, 7. 30pm–11. 00pm) and Saturday 21 February (9. 30am–1. 45pm). The conference is being supported by Routledge, the leading publisher of academic texts on sport and politics and its media partner is Major Events International. The theme of this year's conference is the governance and regulation of sport. As sport has become increasingly commercial, there is a need for effective governance from sport governing bodies. However, what form should the role of governance and government take in this process? Sport plays a key role in contributing towards government agendas such as social inclusion and health–related initiatives, but is the relationship between sport, government and public policy fully understood? Much is asked of the contribution of sport to society, but should the 'autonomy' of sport be promoted to resist regulatory capture? These are just some of the questions the conference will explore. The conference consists of over 40 presentations from a mixture of academics and practitioners on key sports governance issues. Among the speakers will be representatives from the UK's Football Association and UEFA. Alan Keen MP, chairman of the All–Party Parliamentary Football Group, which is currently carrying out an enquiry into the governance and regulation of English Football, will be a keynote speaker. The former Test cricketer, and now author, Ed Smith, will be speaking at the conference dinner, and Dennis Mills, chief executive of Major Events International will be speaking about key success factors relating to sport event bidding. For further details and registration details visit: http://www. sportbusinesscentre. com/news/2009–02–20

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