Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-27040
Title: International prestige through sporting success? Searching empirical evidence
Author(s): Haut, Jan
Editor(s): Emrich, Eike
Pierdzioch, Christian
Klein, Markus
Language: English
Pages: 18
Publisher/Platform: Europäisches Institut für Sozioökonomie e.V.
Year of Publication: 2016
Place of publication: Saarbrücken
Free key words: elite sport
international relations
nation brands
DDC notations: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
796 Sports
Publikation type: Research Paper
Abstract: A central argument for public funding of elite sport is the claim that success at Olympic Games or world championships would lead to increasing international prestige for the country as a whole. While this assumption seems plausible in general, it clearly lacks specification. Therefore, in a first step several theoretical approaches are discussed, in order to unpack which forms of prestige can be sought by states in which kind of sports and events. Subsequently, the (rather limited!) state of empirical research on the topic is summarized. The few available results already reveal that the formula “the more success, the more prestige” is all too simple. As a consequence, possible methodological approaches and available indicators for sport-induced changes in international prestige are presented and discussed. The paper concludes by suggesting concrete steps towards a more systematic analysis of the questions at stake.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-ds-270402
Series name: Diskussionspapiere des Europäischen Instituts für Sozioökonomie e.V. = Working papers of the European Institute for Socioeconomics
Series volume: 17
Date of registration: 7-Mar-2018
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Sportwissenschaft
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