Immunizing Inefficient Field Frames for Mitigating Social Problems: The Institutional Work Behind the Technocratic Antidoping System

Although the heavily expanded technocratic doping test system has failed to detect the most spectacular cases of performance enhancement and to eradicate doping as social problem, it enjoys social fact quality. Research presented here argues that the taken-for-granted character of the technocratic t...

Authors: Meier, Henk Erik
Reinold, Marcel
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2018
Date of publication on miami:03.04.2019
Modification date:16.04.2019
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Source:Sage Open 8 (2018) 2, 1-17
Subjects:field frames; institutional work; doping; International Olympic Committee; technocratic approach
DDC Subject:790: Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung
License:CC BY 4.0
Language:English
Funding:Finanziert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds 2018 der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) und der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster).
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-15149463097
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/2158244018780954
Permalink:https://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-15149463097
Digital documents:artikel_meier_2018.pdf

Although the heavily expanded technocratic doping test system has failed to detect the most spectacular cases of performance enhancement and to eradicate doping as social problem, it enjoys social fact quality. Research presented here argues that the taken-for-granted character of the technocratic test system represents a prime example of institutional work. The technocratic test system became institutionalized and maintained because the agendas of field actors converged around a field frame, enjoying cultural resonance and, at first, strong pragmatic viability. The specific methods of frame stabilization employed by actors interested in institutional maintenance served to stabilize unrealistic policy expectations. The article aims to support these ideas by analyzing the trajectory of antidoping in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) based on rich archival sources.