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Frontiers in Sport Research, 2023, 5(10); doi: 10.25236/FSR.2023.051006.

"Co-governance of Networks": What Makes Sporting Event Safety Regulation Policies Take Root?


Jiangxin Xuan

Corresponding Author:
Jiangxin Xuan

Department of Physical Education and Health, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, China


The study aims to explore how policy network subjects can contribute to the effective implementation of safety regulation policies for sporting events in China. Using a case study approach, the study takes the public safety liability incident of the Yellow River Shilin 100km cross-country race that occurred in May 2021 in Baiyin, Gansu Province, China, as an example, and divides the various types of subjects involved in the event safety regulation process in the incident, and constructs a network interaction structure diagram, so as to analyse the network operation mechanism of multiple subjects' participation in the safety regulation of sporting events. The study finds that the following problems emerge in the policy network subjects and their interactions in the process of sports event safety regulation in China: (1) the policy implementation of the inter-governmental network and the producer network subjects deviates from the policy objectives; (2) the power and responsibilities within the inter-governmental network are blurred, and there is a "vacuum" in the safety regulation; (3) the participation of professional network subjects is not adequate, and the willingness of issue network subjects to participate is diminished. In order to promote the safety regulation of sports events in China, it is necessary to strengthen the awareness of regulatory responsibility, establish a local government's power and responsibility list system, enhance the willingness of network subjects to participate and build a tripartite.


Sports Event Safety, Regulation, Sports Policy, Policy Network, Policy Implementation

Cite This Paper

Jiangxin Xuan. "Co-governance of Networks": What Makes Sporting Event Safety Regulation Policies Take Root?. Frontiers in Sport Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 10: 34-43. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSR.2023.051006.


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