• Anti-Doping Policy: Rationale or Rationalisation?. The Development of Anti-Doping Policy Since the 1920s

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Anne Amos graduated as physiotherapist in 1996 and then worked in the public health system. After completing her law degree, she worked in the area of Competition Policy. She then undertook a PhD considering the history of anti-doping policy. During her PhD she taught law at university level and had two children.)


Current international anti-doping policy appears to attract almost universal support. Such cooperation and the unipartite nature of public doping discourse give the impression that anti-doping policy is clear, unproblematic and universally acceptable. However, scratching the harmonious surface of modern anti- doping approaches reveals fundamental problems and inconsistencies. This book demonstrate how some of the most basic issues in anti-doping policy are problematic. Most importantly, the commonly offered rationales for such policies fall short of providing a comprehensive reason for the current prohibition on the use of certain substances and practices in sport. This leaves open the question: why prohibit doping? By analysing the discourse surrounding the use of doping substances throughout the history of anti-doping policy, this book concludes that the symbolism of such practices has been the defining feature in the development of the rules relating to drugs in sport.

MATERIAS: anti-doping, Regulationstheorie, Sportsponsoring, Drugs, History, Symbolism, Law, Policy