Playing Offense: How Athletes are Impacting a Changing Administrative State

Michael Blair Thomas, Jamie Levine Daniel

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The start of the 2020s presents a broken American administrative system plagued by state ineptitude in a time of turmoil and government distrust. In their protests, marginalized citizens have seen their voices amplified by integral parts of their communities for whom they have cheered: Athletes. This Perspective draws attention to the idea of super citizens and their ability to influence policy. We argue that Black athlete activism that centers their social reality and legitimizes Black Lives Matter for broader populations is one example of a punctuated equilibrium that work to achieve administrative state change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2101-2120
Number of pages20
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Black Lives Matter
  • administrative state
  • citizen engagement
  • protest
  • social justice
  • sport
  • systemic racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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