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The Political Economy of Global Sporting Organisations

1st Edition

By John Forster, Nigel Pope


202 pages

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At the global level, sport is ruled by a set of organizations including giants such as the IOC (Olympics), FIFA (soccer), and the IAAF (athletics) as well as sporting minnows such as the World Armsport Federation (armwrestling). Many of these bodies have been surrounded by controversy during their histories, after having to adjust to the realities of commercial sport.

This important book analyzes the evolution of modern sport, examining the ways in which sporting organisations have adapted over the years to accommodate changing environments. Themes covered in this impressive volume include:

* sources of sports revenue

* organising global sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup

* differences and similarities between global sporting organisations

Forster and Pope have created an important book, which seriously analyzes sports organizations from a political economy vantage point for the first time. Of interest to students and academics studying the economics of sport, the book is also written in a style that makes it accessible for those with a general interest as well as for global sporting bodies themselves.

Table of Contents

1. Global Sport Organisations: Ringmasters or Alphabet Boys?

2. A Product of History: The Creation and Evolution of Global Sports Organisations

3. The Economic Approach to Sport

4. Sources of Sport Revenue

5. Going for Gold: Global Sport Events

6. Architectures of Control: Structure and Process in the GSOs

7. For the Good of the Game: GSO Opacity and a Public Interest

8. Getting on with the Neighbours: The External Relationships of Global Sports Organisations by osvaldo Croci

9. Yielding Place to the New

10. Postscript

About the Authors

John Forster is Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at Griffith University, Australia.

Nigel K.L. Pope is Senior Lecturer in the School of Marketing at Griffith University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General