One of the aims of this book was to extend our understanding of the role of

the state in sport beyond analyses of what is commonly understood to be

sport policy (i.e. elite sport development, anti-doping in sport, increasing

mass participation and building the capacity of sport systems). The preced-

ing chapters have highlighted the range of regulatory interventions imposed

by governments on the governance and management of sport organizations,

the conduct of sport activities, the safety of sport participants, sport’s rela-

tionship with the media and gambling industries and physical education.

The book has also explored three other public policy areas (physical activity

and health, urban regeneration and economic development, and social

inclusion), in which governments are increasingly turning to sport for assis-

tance in the achievement of non-sport policy outcomes. The purpose of

this final chapter is to draw conclusions regarding the questions we have

posed in relation to these regulatory interventions and other public policy

areas, surmise what future impact the continuation or extension of these

policies might have on sport organizations and suggest some potentially

fruitful avenues for future research into the broader relationship between

government and sport beyond the boundaries of contemporary sport