1st Edition

Good Governance in Sport Critical Reflections

Edited By Arnout Geeraert, Frank van Eekeren Copyright 2022
    290 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book fills an important gap in the sport governance literature by engaging in critical reflection on the concept of ‘good governance’. It examines the theoretical perspectives that lead to different conceptualisations of governance and, therefore, to different standards for institutional quality.

    It explores the different practical strategies that have been employed to achieve the implementation of good governance principles. The first part of the book aims to shed light on the complexity and nuances of good governance by examining theoretical perspectives including leadership, value, feminism, culture and systems. The second part of the book has a practical focus, concentrating on reform strategies, from compliance policies and codes of ethics to external reporting and integrity systems. Together, these studies shed important new light on how we define and understand governance, and on the limits and capabilities of different methods for inducing good governance.

    With higher ethical standards demanded in sport business and management than ever before, this book is important reading for all advanced students and researchers with an interest in sport governance and sport policy, and for all sport industry professionals looking to improve their professional practice.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


    Jens Sejer Andersen


    1. Introduction: The Need for Critical Reflection on Good Governance in Sport

    Arnout Geeraert

    Part I: Critical Reflections on Theoretical Perspectives

    2. A Rational Choice Perspective on Good Governance in Sport: The Necessity of Rules of the Game

    Arnout Geeraert

    3. A Relational and Processual Perspective on Good Governance in Sport: Tackling the Deeper Problem

    Maarten van Bottenburg

    4. The Value of a Public Value Perspective on Good Governance in Sport

    Frank van Eekeren

    5. Feminist Perspectives on Good Governance in Sport: It is the Care that Guides the Doing

    Inge Claringbould, Annelies Knoppers and Ramon Spaaij

    6. An Ethical Leadership Perspective on Good Governance in Sport: From Star Players to Team Sport

    Leonie Heres

    7. A Relationship Perspective on Organisational Culture and Good Governance in Sport

    Vassil Girginov

    Part II: Critical Reflections on Policies and Practices

    Section A: Insider Perspectives

    8. Towards ‘Good’ Good Governance Policies in Sport: Lessons from Australia

    Kate Corkery and Geoff Schoenberg

    9. The Role of Sport Governance Consultants: Help or Hindrance?

    Rowland Jack

    10. ‘Integrity’, ‘Independence’ and the Internal Reform of FIFA: A View from the Trenches

    Miguel Maduro and Joseph H.H. Weiler

    Section B: Academic Reflections

    11. Institutional Enforced Board Diversity in Sport Clubs as Trigger of Us-Them Divisions

    Michel van Slobbe

    12. Indicators of Good Governance in Sport Organisations: Handle with Care

    Arnout Geeraert

    13. Sport Integrity Systems: A Recommended System for Promoting and Safeguarding Sport Integrity

    Lisa A. Kihl

    14. Good Sport Governance and Design Archetype: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    Milena M. Parent, Russell Hoye, Marijke Taks, Michael L. Naraine and Benoît Séguin

    15. The Transferability of Western Principles and Values in the Governance of Sport

    Ian Henry

    16. Stimulating Ethical Behaviour and Good Governance in Sport: The (Non)sense of Codes of Ethics

    Bram Constandt and Annick Willem

    17. The Promises and Pitfalls of Codification of Governance in Sport as Legitimacy Work

    Richard Tacon and Geoff Walters

    18. ‘Good’ Governance in Sport Strategies: Reforming Organisations by Adapting Management Competencies to Governance Functions

    Michaël Mrkonjic

    19. Research on Good Governance in Sport: From Puberty to Adulthood

    Frank van Eekeren


    Arnout Geeraert is Assistant Professor at the School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands and Fellow at Leuven International and European Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium.


    Frank van Eekeren is Associate professor at the School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands and Professor of Applied Sciences at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.