Product description Sport is perceived to have the potential to alleviate a variety of social problems and generally to âimproveâ both individuals and the communities in which they live. Sport is promoted as a relatively cost effective antidote to a range of social problems â often those stemming from social exclusion - including poor health, high crime levels, drug abuse and persistent youth offending, educational under-achievement, lack of social cohesion and community identity and economic decline. To this end, there is increasing governmental interest in what has become known as âsport for goodâ. A Wider Social Role for SportÂ presents the political and historical context for this increased government interest in sportâs potential contribution to a range of social problems. The book explores the particular social problems that governments seek to address through sport, and examines the nature and extent of the evidence for sportâs positive role. It illustrates that, in an era of evidence-based policy-making, the cumulative evidence base for many of these claims is relatively weak, in part because such research is faced with substantial methodological problems in isolating the precise contribution of sport in many contexts. Drawing on worldwide research,Â A Wider Social Role for SportÂ explores the current state of knowledge and understanding of the presumed impacts of sport and suggests that we need to adopt a different approach to research and evaluation if sports researchers are to develop their understanding and make a substantial contribution to sports policy.. About the Author Fred Coalter is Professor of Sports Policy at the University of Stirling. He was Director of the Centre for Leisure Research at the University of Edinburgh for 13 years and has been an invited member of the Economic and Social Research Councilâs strategic seminarâs on sport and recreation, as well as an influential member of many sport policy research groups including: The Sports Councilâs Sport and Recreation Research Advisory Group, Sport Englandâs Working Group on Performance Measurement for the Development of Sport, Sport Scotlandâs Forum on Sport and Social Inclusion, The Office of the Deputy Prime Ministerâs Working Groups on Defining Excellence in Sport and Recreation; Comprehensive Performance Assessment for Sport and Recreation; Neighbourhood Renewal Unit- Sport Group. Fred Coalter is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Edinburgh Leisure Ltd, the trust which manages sport and recreation facilities for the City of Edinburgh.