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msamAssociate Professor
BPE (Alta), MA (New Bruns), PhD (Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 8398
Email mike.sam@otago.ac.nz

Background

Dr Michael Sam is an Associate Professor and co-director of the NZ Centre for Sport Policy and Politics. His background is in recreation, having gained much of his teaching/research interests from working at both the municipal and provincial levels of government in Manitoba, Canada. Mike serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing and the Journal of Amateur Sport. He is also the General Secretary for the International Sociology of Sport Association’s (ISSA) executive board.

Teaching

Research

Associate Professor Sam’s research interests broadly encompass areas of policy, politics and governance as they relate to the public administration/management of sport. His ongoing research projects relate to: 1) the dilemmas and 'wicked problems’ associated with governing sport, 2) the design of sport development systems and their recurrent challenges, and 3) the politics of policy regimes around stadium financing, sport gambling and alcohol marketing. He has published widely in both sport studies and parent discipline journals and has co-edited two books: Sport in the City: Cultural Connections (2011) and Sport Policy in Small States (2016).

Dr Sam’s work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Otago Research Grant and the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

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Publications

Stenling, C., & Sam, M. (2019). Professionalization and its consequences: How active advocacy may undermine democracy. European Sport Management Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2019.1637915

Sam, M. P., & Scherer, J. (2019). Big stadium, small city: A catalyst for turbulence and governance reforms. Urban Policy & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08111146.2019.1610869

Stenling, C., & Sam, M. (2019). From ‘passive custodian’ to ‘active advocate’: Tracing the emergence and sport-internal transformative effects of sport policy advocacy. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2019.1581648

Kellison, T., Sam, M. P., Hong, S., Swart, K., & Mondello, M. J. (2019). Global perspectives on democracy and public stadium finance. Journal of Global Sport Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/24704067.2018.1531680

Sam, M. P., Andrew, J. C., & Gee, S. (2018). The modernisation of umpire development: Netball New Zealand's reforms and impacts. European Sport Management Quarterly, 18(3), 263-286. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2017.1377272

Edited Book - Research

Esherick, C., Baker, R., Jackson, S., & Sam, M. (Eds.). (2017). Case studies in sport diplomacy. Morgantown, WV: FiT Publishing, 232p.

Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (Eds.). (2017). Sport policy in small states. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 142p.

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Edited Book - Other

Sam, M. P., & Hughson, J. E. (Eds.). (2011). Sport in the city: Cultural connections. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 158p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Sam, M. P. (2017). New Zealand. In E. Kristiansen, M. M. Parent & B. Houlihan (Eds.), Elite youth sport policy and management: A comparative analysis. (pp. 263-277). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sam, M. P. (2017). Sports development. In R. Hoye & M. M. Parent (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of sport management. (pp. 227-240). London, UK: Sage.

Sam, M. (2016). Youth sport policy in small nations. In K. Green & A. Smith (Eds.), Routledge handbook of youth sport. (pp. 535-542). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sam, M. P. (2015). 'Big brother' and caring sister: Performance management and the athlete's entourage. In S. S. Andersen, B. Houlihan & L. Tore Ronglan (Eds.), Managing elite sport systems: Research and practice. (pp. 16-30). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Scherer, J., Sam, M., & Jackson, S. J. (2014). Millennium blues: The politics of media policy, televised sport, and cultural citizenship in New Zealand. In J. Scherer & D. Rowe (Eds.), Sport, public broadcasting, and cultural citizenship: Signal lost? (pp. 188-208). New York: Routledge.

Jackson, S. J., Sam, M., Gee, S., Scherer, J., & Beissel, A. (2012). Megaeventos deportivos entre lo global y lo local: Lecciones de la Copa del Mundo de Rugby de 2011 [The Rugby World Cup as a sport mega-event]. In R. Llopis Goig (Ed.), Megaeventos deportivos: perspectivas científias y estudios de caso [Mega sporting events: Scientific perspectives and case studies]. (pp. 209-225). Barcelona: Editorial UOC.

Sam, M. (2011). New Zealand. In M. Nicholson, R. Hoye & B. Houlihan (Eds.), Participation in sport: International policy perspectives. (pp. 238-253). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Scherer, J., Sam, M., & Batty, R. (2009). Sporting sign wars: Advertising and the contested terrain of sporting events and venues. In J. Nauright & S. Pope (Eds.), The new sport management reader. (pp. 133-153). West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Sam, M. (2007). Sport policy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In C. Collins & S. Jackson (Eds.), Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. (2nd ed.) (pp. 230-245). Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2017). Sport and small states: The myths, limits and contradictions of the legend of David and Goliath. In M. P. Sam & S. J. Jackson (Eds.), Sport policy in small states. (pp. 1-10). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sam, M. P. (2017). Sport policy and transformation in small states: New Zealand's struggle between vulnerability and resilience. In M. P. Sam & S. J. Jackson (Eds.), Sport policy in small states. (pp. 89-102). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2016). Sport policy development in New Zealand: Paradoxes of an integrative paradigm [Reprint of Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2004). Sport policy development in New Zealand. Paradoxes of an integrative paradigm. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 39(2), 205-222]. In J. Grix (Ed.), Sport politics. (pp. 105-124). London, UK: SAGE.

Scherer, J., & Sam, M. P. (2011). Policing the cyber agenda: New media technologies and recycled claims in a local stadium debate. In M. P. Sam & J. E. Hughson (Eds.), Sport in the city: Cultural connections. (pp. 53-69). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sam, M. P., & Scherer, J. (2011). Fitting a square stadium into a round hole: A case of deliberation and procrastination politcs. In M. P. Sam & J. E. Hughson (Eds.), Sport in the city: Cultural connections. (pp. 42-52). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sam, M. P., & Hughson, J. E. (2011). Sport in the city: Cultural and political connections. In M. P. Sam & J. E. Hughson (Eds.), Sport in the city: Cultural connections. (pp. 1-6). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Stenling, C., & Sam, M. (2019). Professionalization and its consequences: How active advocacy may undermine democracy. European Sport Management Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2019.1637915

Kellison, T., Sam, M. P., Hong, S., Swart, K., & Mondello, M. J. (2019). Global perspectives on democracy and public stadium finance. Journal of Global Sport Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/24704067.2018.1531680

Stenling, C., & Sam, M. (2019). From ‘passive custodian’ to ‘active advocate’: Tracing the emergence and sport-internal transformative effects of sport policy advocacy. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2019.1581648

Sam, M. P., & Scherer, J. (2019). Big stadium, small city: A catalyst for turbulence and governance reforms. Urban Policy & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08111146.2019.1610869

Sam, M. P., Andrew, J. C., & Gee, S. (2018). The modernisation of umpire development: Netball New Zealand's reforms and impacts. European Sport Management Quarterly, 18(3), 263-286. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2017.1377272

Kobayashi, K., Jackson, S. J., & Sam, M. P. (2018). Multiple dimensions of mediation within transnational advertising production: Cultural intermediaries as shapers of emerging cultural capital. Consumption Markets & Culture, 28(2), 129-146. doi: 10.1080/10253866.2017.1345421

Sam, M. P., & Ronglan, L. T. (2018). Building sport policy's legitimacy in Norway and New Zealand. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(5), 550-571. doi: 10.1177/1012690216671515

Tak, M., Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2018). The problems and causes of match-fixing: Are legal sports betting regimes to blame? Journal of Criminological Research, Policy & Practice, 4(1), 73-87. doi: 10.1108/JCRPP-01-2018-0006

Tak, M., Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2018). The politics of countermeasures against match-fixing in sport: A political sociology approach to policy instruments. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(1), 30-48. doi: 10.1177/1012690216639748

Gee, S., Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2017). Content analyses of alcohol-related images during television broadcasts of major sports events in New Zealand. International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship, 18(3), 230-245. doi: 10.1108/IJSMS-08-2017-094

Kobayashi, K., Jackson, S. J., & Sam, M. P. (2017). Globalization, creative alliance and self-Orientalism: Negotiating Japanese identity within Asics global advertising production. International Journal of Cultural Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1367877917733812

Stenling, C., & Sam, M. (2017). Tensions and contradictions in sport’s quest for legitimacy as a political actor: The politics of Swedish public sport policy hearings. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics, 9(4), 691-705. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2017.1348382

Chang, I. Y., Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2017). Transnationalism, return visits and identity negotiation: South Korean-New Zealanders and the Korean national sports festival. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(3), 314-335. doi: 10.1177/1012690215589723

Chang, I. Y., Jackson, S. J., & Sam, M. P. (2017). Risk society, anxiety and exit: A case study of South Korean migration decision-making. Asian & Pacific Migration Journal, 26(3), 328-351. doi: 10.1177/0117196817727800

Sam, M. P., & Chang, I. Y. (2016). The importance of policy analysis in sport sociology. Korean Journal of Sociology of Sport, 29(2), 23-40.

Gee, S., Jackson, S. J., & Sam, M. (2016). Carnivalesque culture and alcohol promotion and consumption at an annual international sports event in New Zealand. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51(3), 265-283. doi: 10.1177/1012690214522461

Sam, M. P. (2015). Sport policy and transformation in small states: New Zealand's struggle between vulnerability and resilience. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics, 7(3), 407-420. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2015.1060715

Macris, L. I., & Sam, M. P. (2014). Belief, doubt, and legitimacy in a performance system: National sport organization perspectives. Journal of Sport Management, 28(5), 529-550. doi: 10.1123/jsm.2012-0290

Sam, M. P., & Macris, L. I. (2014). Performance regimes in sport policy: Exploring consequences, vulnerabilities and politics. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics, 6(3), 513-532. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2013.851103

Keat, R. A., & Sam, M. P. (2013). Regional implementation of New Zealand sport policy: New instrument, new challenges. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics, 5(1), 39-54. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2012.656684

Porter, D. R., & Sam, M. P. (2013). Playing the shell game: The Faustian bargain for Dunedin's stadium. Sport in Society, 16(7), 931-942. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2013.791160

Sam, M. (2012). Targeted investments in elite sport funding: Wiser, more innovative and strategic? Managing Leisure, 17(2-3), 207-220. doi: 10.1080/13606719.2012.674395

Scherer, J., & Sam, M. P. (2012). Public broadcasting, sport and cultural citizenship: Sky's the limit in New Zealand? Media, Culture & Society, 34(1), 101-111. doi: 10.1177/0163443711429234

Sam, M. P. (2011). Building legitimacy at Sport Canada: Pitfalls of public value creation? International Review of Administrative Sciences, 77(4), 757-778. doi: 10.1177/0020852311419389

Sam, M. P., & Scherer, J. (2010). Fitting a square stadium into a round hole: A case of deliberation and procrastination politics. Sport in Society, 13(10), 1458-1468. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2010.520936

Scherer, J., & Sam, M. P. (2010). Policing the cyber agenda: New media technologies and recycled claims in a local stadium debate. Sport in Society, 13(10), 1469-1485. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2010.520937

Sam, M. P. (2009). The public management of sport: Wicked problems, challenges and dilemmas. Public Management Review, 11(4), 499-514. doi: 10.1080/14719030902989565

Scherer, J., & Sam, M. P. (2008). Public consultation and stadium developments: Coercion and the polarization of debate. Sociology of Sport Journal, 25(4), 443-461.

Sam, M. P., & Scherer, J. (2008). Stand up and be counted: Numerical storylines in a stadium debate. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 43(1), 53-73.

Sam, M. P., & Jackson, S. J. (2006). Developing national sport policy through consultation: The rules of engagement. Journal of Sport Management, 20, 365-384.

Sam, M. P., & Scherer, J. (2006). The steering group as policy advice instrument: A case of ″consultocracy″ in stadium subsidy deliberations. Policy Sciences, 39, 169-181.

Sam, M. P. (2005). The makers of sport policy: A (task) force to be reckoned with. Sociology of Sport Journal, 21, 78-99.

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