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Sport and Canadian Diplomacy
     

Sport and Canadian Diplomacy

by Donald Macintosh, Michael Hawes
 

The authors examine the key events of the Department's involvement: Prime Minister Trudeau's quarrel with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the conditions under which Taiwan could compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympics; the Canadian government's successful efforts to avoid a boycott of the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games by black African nations;

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The authors examine the key events of the Department's involvement: Prime Minister Trudeau's quarrel with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the conditions under which Taiwan could compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympics; the Canadian government's successful efforts to avoid a boycott of the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games by black African nations; government acquiescence to demands from the United States that Canada support its boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics; government use of sport in the 1980s to maintain a leadership role within the Commonwealth in the fight against apartheid in South Africa; and government motives in announcing in October 1987 that sport would be used more frequently to further wider foreign policy objectives. The authors also consider the consequences of the federal government's February 1992 decision to close the international sports relations section in External Affairs and subsume its functions under the corresponding unit in Fitness and Amateur Sport. Grounding this study in transnational relations theory, the authors argue that sport and international relations can no longer be understood only in terms of traditional, "realist" theories of international politics. Placing recent developments in sport in the context of broader trends in international politics, they offer observations and speculations about the future role of international sport and, in particular, the IOC in the new world of interdependence.

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"An innovative and multifaceted portrayal of Canadian sports diplomacy ... Particularly interesting are the interviews with individuals who played major roles in formulating and operationalizing various aspects of Canadian sports diplomacy." A.F. Cooper, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo.
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Scholars of physical and health education and of politics team up to describe how the Canadian Department of External Affairs has used sports in its foreign policy initiatives from the beginning of its involvement in 1972 until the recent initiative to assist third-world Commonwealth countries and help stabilize the Commonwealth Games Federation. They argue that sports and international relations can no longer be explained by "realist" theories of politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773511613
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
04/05/1994
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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