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The Geopolitical Economy of Sport
Power, Politics, Money and the State

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ISBN 9781032390598
June 6, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book to define and explore the geopolitical economy of sport – the intersection of power, politics, money and state interests that both exploit and shape elite sport around the world. 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the global response and the consequent ramifications for sport have put the geopolitical economy of sport front and centre in both public debate and academic thinking. Similarly, the Winter Olympics in Beijing and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar illustrate the political, economic and geographic imperatives that shape modern sport. This book brings together case studies from around the world to describe this new geopolitical economy of sport, from the way in which countries use natural resource revenues, accusations of sport washing, the deployment of sport for soft power purposes, to the way in which sport has become a focus for industrial development. From the Gulf States’ interests in European soccer to Israel seeking to build a national competitive advantage by positioning itself as a global sports tech start-up hub, and the United States continuing to extend its economic and cultural influence through geopolitical sport activities in Africa, Latin America, and the Indian subcontinent. This book captures a pivotal moment in the history of sport and sport business. 

This is essential reading for any student, researcher, practitioner or policy maker with an interest in sport business, the politics of sport, geopolitics, soft power, diplomacy, international relations or international political economy.

Table of Contents

1          Introduction: Towards a Geopolitical Economy of Sport

            Simon Chadwick, Paul Widdop, and Michael M. Goldman 

Part I: Russia and Ukraine 

2          Athletes’ Early Responses to the War Against Ukraine

            Leo Goretti

3          Sport Sanctions Against Invasive Russia

            Daryl Adair

4          What Future for Putin's Sport Power?

            Lukas Aubin

5          Governance Dysfunction in World Sport: Issues Raised by the Conflict in Ukraine

            Sergey Altukhov

6          Public Remembering of Sochi 2014 at a Time of War: The Kremlin’s Soft Disempowerment through Sport

            Vitaly Kazakov

7          Transnational Leagues and Their Role in Projecting Soft Power

            Oliver Jarosz, Konstantin Kornakov, and Adam Metelski

Part II: China

8          The International Paralympic Committee, Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games and the Invasion of the Ukraine

            Verity Postlethwaite

9          Israel’s Winter Sports Diplomacy and Beijing 2022

            Yoav Dubinsky

10        The Global Sporting Power Elite: Eileen Gu

            Donna Wong and Yue Meng-Lewis

11        China's Moves to Influence the Geopolitical Economy of Sports: The Three Axe Strokes

            Lingling Liu and Dan Zhang

12        Making of (not only) a Sports Superpower: The Chinese Dream

            Abhishek Khajuria

13        Chinese Super League: Soft Power, Investment and Sustainability

            Ricardo Gúdel and Emilio Hernández

14        Doing Sports Business in China: Still a Slam Dunk?

            Jonathan Sullivan and Tobias Ross

Part III: The Gulf and South Asia

15        Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Soft Power, State Branding, or Nation Building?

            Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

16        Geopolitics of Sport in the MENA Region

            Mahfoud Amara and Sara Mehanna Al-Naimi

17        Sport and Saudi Arabia: Mimetic Isomorphism, Soft Power, and Disempowerment

            Nick Burton and Michael L. Naraine

18        Sport Washing and the Gulf Region: Myth or Reality?

            Simon Chadwick and Paul Widdop

19        Geopolitics of Cricket in India

            Mohit Anand

Part IV: Africa

20        Africa in the global Football Business Complex

            Gerald Akindes

21        The NBA’s Partnership with Rwanda

            Michael M. Goldman and Jeffrey W. Paller

Part V: Football

22        The Politics of Alternative Football: Curious Friends

            Steve Menary

23        The Conjunctural Politics of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup: United 2026

            Adam S. Beissel

24        The Attempted Reshaping of the Turkish Football Landscape Under the AK Party: A Transaction Cost Economics Explanation

            Steven H. Seggie

25        Football and the City: A Sports Place Branding Perspective of Barcelona and Manchester

            Xavier Ginesta and Carles Viñas

26        The European Super League and Football’s Privatisation

            Alexey Kirichek

Part VI: Motorsport

27        Sport Governance, Geopolitical Change, and Organizational Resilience: The Case of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)

            Hans Erik Næss

28        The Geopolitics of Money Versus Morals: Location, Location, Location of the Formula 1 Race Calendar

            Tim Dewhirst

29        The End of Oil: Formula One’s Changing Face

            Josh Rayman

Part VII: Peace, Diplomacy and Society

30        Sport, Geo-Politics and the Peace Process

            Grant Jarvie

31        Sports Diplomacy in the Pacific Region and the Sino-Australian Great Game

            Stuart Murray and Tony Yang

32        Sports, Race, and Cosmopolitanism

            J.P. Singh

33        Transgender Sport Bans Come for Elite Sport: Federations' New Attempt to Define Womanhood

            Sydney Bauer

Part VIII: Implications

34        What the Cases of Gazprom, the NBA & Qatar Mean for Sport Industry Decision Makers

            Simon Chadwick and Paul Widdop


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Simon Chadwick is Professor of Sport and Geopolitical Economy at Skema Business School in Paris, France, where he is also a member of its Publika think tank and Director of its Global Executive MBA in Sport. Chadwick’s work combines his global interests in sport, geography, politics, and economics, meaning that his current research is focused on, for example, sponsorship of football by state-owned corporations. He has worked extensively in sport with clubs, governing bodies, commercial partners and governments. 

Paul Widdop is Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester, UK. His research explores social and economic networks on the consumption and production of sport. He has published widely in the areas of sport and culture including articles in the Journal of Consumer Culture, Cultural Sociology, Cultural Trends, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Political Marketing. Paul serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and is co-founder of the Football Collective, a learned society of academics researching impacts of football on society. 

Michael M. Goldman is Professor with the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco, USA, while also working with the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa. He works with students, managers and clients to enhance their abilities to acquire, grow and retain profitable customers and fans.