The State – the structures that govern and rule societies – plays an important role in the provision of sporting related experiences to the people. Why the government would want to involve itself with this provision is a crucial concept for sports managers. Governments can intervene (assist or hinder) in this area in a multitude of ways. The extent of the intervention and the form it takes is heavily influenced by the underlying ideology and overall philosophy of the State and its governing institutions: Conservatism – Reformism – Neo-Liberalism – Socialism. I want you to know what these ideologies stand for and what their view of sport is. The simplified answers to this are embedded within the image to the left.