Dr. Daniel Parnell, Professor Karl Spracklen, and Dr. Peter Millward.
The austerity measures ushered across Europe and Worldwide are not just worthless newsheadlines, meaningless figures on balance sheets, pointless social media notifications, or cuts toabstract places that exist ‘somewhere’. Rather cuts on public spending imposed by suchmeasures have unintended consequences on real people and places. The long-term interaction between sport and politics is well documented. An example of this is the United Kingdom (UK). An example of this is the United Kingdom (UK): The UK was governed for 13 years by theLabour Party. ‘New’ Labour, champions of the ‘third way’, ‘governance’ and ‘partnership’, whoinvested heavily in public services and reforms. By 2010, the British and global economy was indisarray, arising from a financial crisis that first emerged in 2008. Since May 2010, the UK hashad a Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government, which has made significantattempts to tackle the economic downturn.
Ultimately, via the Comprehensive Spending Review 2010, an outlined £81 billion worth of cuts across government departments by 2014/15 was delivered. Interestingly, a quarter of this was targeted at the welfare budget (which has beenexpanded further). Ultimately, an era has come to an end where sport has been supported andapplauded, partly because of the financial crisis and partly because of a change in ideology. The consequences of this include wide-scale closure of leisure services, the transferal of physical resources to private or voluntary sectors, reorganization and reduction of local authority sport development units.The purpose of this short UK example and insight is to pick out some of the pertinent (but notexhaustive) issues to the special issue: Sport management issues in an era of austerity. The aimof the special issue is to explore the consequence of these types of changes for sport, in doing so,we hope to (a) highlight the current state-of-play within sport development across European andInternational contexts, (b) to highlight some of theoretical, practical and policy implicationsrelated to sport management and (c) highlight future considerations for policy makers, appliedresearchers and practitioners.Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• Changes in responsibility shifting from local authority to private enterprise,
• Staffing changes towards the use of volunteers,
• The role and servicing needs of volunteers and coaching staff,
• Reduced funding for elite sport and impacts on sport policy,
• National Governing Body strategies to deal with funding reductions,
• Reduced funding for grassroots sport and its impact on lifelong participation,
• The current state of school sport,
• The emergence of social enterprise.Please contact Dr. Dan Parnell via email if you have any questions: