Neoliberal Transformation of Sport Management in Turkey

Ogut E. E. E.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.47, no.4, pp.31-58, 2014 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-58
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


In 2011, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, which is the main governing organization of the Turkish sports, replaced the former General Directorate of Youth and Sports. This study queries the possible involvement of neoliberal policies in the regulations, decisions, and implementation regarding sport after the establishment of the Ministry. The aim of the study is to analyze the neoliberal transformation of the Turkish sports management. In the study, multiple data collection and analysis methods, such as document analysis, discourse analysis, and interviews were used. The findings have indicated that the football is the predominant policy area in the sports, and that investment is mainly made in football stadiums, rather than in public sports facilities. Moreover, it is argued that if mega sport events like the 2013 World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games are hosted, public money to be used will increase local and global capital flow. All these point out that sports is commercialized with a neoliberal approach, and is seen as an economic commodity.