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Corruption in Sport

Causes, Consequences, and Reform, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa A. Kihl


234 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Corruption in the sport industry is a pervasive issue that threatens the integrity of sport as an institution. From doping and match-fixing to money laundering, corruption should be a concern to anybody interested in sport policy, management, governance, or ethics. This is the first book to explore the complexity of sport corruption in terms of its conceptualisation, causes, consequences, and reform.

The first part looks at the concept of sport corruption, while the second examines the causes of sport corruption from individual, organisational, industry-wide, and longitudinal viewpoints. The third part discussed is the consequences of sport corruption and its impact on the global sport industry. Various approaches to regulatory reform are considered in the next part, as well as the challenges of combatting corruption in the sport industry. The final part assesses the current state of literature in this area and suggests opportunities for future research.

Drawing on multidisciplinary case studies from across the world, this is a seminal contribution to the academic study of corruption in sport. It is important reading for all students and scholars of sport management, business, criminology, and law.


"This book is very useful for those who want to gain a better understanding of sport corruption and for researchers who are interested in conducting research in the area of corruption in sport. The major contribution of this book is that it opens the door for future research in this area. Meanwhile, this book can be used for upper undergraduate and graduate courses (e.g., sport governance, sport communication, sport sociology, and ethics in sports)" – Eddie T. C. Lam, International Journal of Sport Communication

Table of Contents

1. Complex and Multifaceted Phenomenon of Sport Corruption

[Lisa A. Kihl]

2. Conceptualising Corruption in Sport

[Simon Gardiner]

3. Micro View: Individual and Group Explanations of Sport Corruption

[Lisa A. Kihl]

4. "Bad Barrels": Corruption in International Sport Federations

[Arnout Geeraert]

5. Applying a Conceptual Model of Policy Regime Effectiveness to National and International Anti-Doping Policy in Sport

[James Skinner, Daniel Read and Lisa A. Kihl]

6. Lost Eden: The Corruption of Sport

[Graham Brooks and Anita Lavorgna]

7. The Impact of Corruption on Individual Athletes, Teams and Organizations

[Simon Robinson and Jim Parry]

8. The Impact of Sports Corruption on Organisational Stakeholders

[Simon Chadwick, Samantha Roberts and Russell Cowley]

9. Impact on Organisations: Economic and Reputation

[Brian P. Soebbing and Khirey B. Walker]

10. Approaches to Compliance and Reform

[Samantha Roberts and Clayton Bolton]

11. The Regulation and Sanctioning of On-Field Corruption: Whose Law?

[Tom Serby]

12. Research Methods

[Peter Bell, Geoff Dean, Zarina Vakhitova and Janet Ransley]

13. The Future of Sport Corruption Scholarship and Practice

[Lisa A. Kihl]

About the Editor

Lisa A. Kihl is an associate professor of sport management at the University of Minnesota, USA. Her research focuses on corruption in sport, athletes’ roles in sport governance, corporate social responsibility, and leadership. She has published her work in the Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, Sport Management Review, and Administration and Society

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sport and Corruption

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects