Managing Social Issues
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Managing Social Issues

A Public Values Perspective

Edited by Peter Leisink, Paul Boselie, Maarten van Bottenburg and Dian Marie Hosking

Western societies face complex social issues and a growing diversity of views on how these should be addressed. The traditional view focuses on government and public policy but neglects the initiatives that non-profit and private organizations and local networks take. This book presents a broader variety of viewpoints and theories. Looking at various cases, the authors analyse conflicting values and interests, actors’ understandings of the public values related to social issues, and their action to create what they regard as public value. Drawing together these perspectives the authors point the way to how government and the private and voluntary sectors can work in tandem to resolve social issues.
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Chapter 10: Understanding the lack of gender equity in leadership positions in (sport) organization

Inge Claringbould and Annelies Knoppers


A democratic society is built in part on perceptions that social justice, equal rights and equal opportunities prevail (Edwards 2009). These assumptions of equity in opportunity and treatment engender mutual trust and are fundamental to the formation of social cohesion and social capital in a democratic civil society. Equity, including gender equality, is therefore regarded as a public value (Jorgensen and Bozeman 2007). The worldwide importance attached to gender equality is evident in the eight Millennium Development Goals the United Nations developed in 2000. The third UN goal describes the importance of the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Gender plays an important role in the world of sport as well. In addition, equity, especially fairness, is assumed to be the basis for sport activities and competitions.

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