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Understanding Match-Fixing in Sport
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780367754921
Published August 12, 2022 by Routledge
250 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bringing together leading match-fixing researchers from different fields, this book offers new theoretical and applied perspectives on this persistent problem in sport and wider society.

The book explores the foundations of match-fixing from multiple viewpoints, from sociology and criminology to policy and governance, exploring topics such as the use of network governance theory, ethics and integrity, and management aspects that position match-fixing in sport’s commercial landscape. Featuring cases and data from all around the world, the book explains how match-fixing has become a prominent feature of contemporary sport, and considers the efficacy and practicability of interventions to solve these problems.

This is fascinating and important reading for any advanced student, researcher, practitioner, or policymaker with an interest in sport management, sports business, sport policy, sport development, sport law, or criminology.

Table of Contents


Towards a Better Understanding of Match-Fixing

Bram Constandt and Argyro Elisavet Manoli 

Part I: Theory 

1          Match-Fixing: A 'Normal' Part of Past Sport?

            Mike Huggins

2          Match-Fixing as a Social Institution between Pre-Modernity and Rationality

            Eike Emrich, Freya Gassmann, Michael Koch and Werner Pitsch

3          Match-Fixing as a Commercial Solution: Match-Fix or Perish?

            Argyro Elisavet Manoli and Georgios A. Antonopoulos

4          Network Governance and Match-Fixing

            Maarten van Bottenburg

5          Understanding Match-Fixing from a Normalization Perspective

            Stef Van Der Hoeven and Annick Willem 

Part II: Practice 

6          The Macolin Convention and the Complexity of Sport Competition Manipulation

            Mike McNamee and Norbert Rubicsek

7          A Legal Perspective on Match-Fixing

            Joanna Wall Tweedie and John T. Holden

8          Combining Criminology and Forensic Science to Detect Match-Fixing

            Fiona Langlois and Stefano Caneppele

9          Crime Triangle Theory and Match-Fixing in Brazilian Football

            Felippe Marchetti, Letícia Godinho, Alberto Reinaldo Reppold Filho and Renan Petersen-Wagner

10        Psychological Perspectives on Match-Fixing in Sport: Existing Evidence and Policy Recommendations

            Vassilis Barkoukis and Deirdre O'Shea

11        Assessing Public and Sports Policies to Tackle Match-Fixing

            César de Cima and Marcelo Moriconi

12        Sport Integrity Australia and Match-Fixing: Exploring the Work of a National Agency

            Catherine Ordway and Lisa A. Kihl

13        A National Approach against Match-Fixing: The Case of Austria

            Severin Moritzer, Niklas Neudecker and Kirstin Hallmann 


The Present and Future Understanding of Match-Fixing: Exploring the Building Blocks of Match-Fixing Theory

Bram Constandt and Argyro Elisavet Manoli

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Bram Constandt is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University, Belgium, and an affiliated scholar at the University of Minnesota’s Global Institute for Responsible Sport Organizations (GIRSO), USA. His research interests include integrity management in sport, integrity issues in sport, and sport history. He also teaches on these topics at Ghent University and in two international master programmes (MAiSI and MESGO). He is a board member of ICES, Center for Ethics in Sport, a member of different academic networks on sport integrity, and a partner in multiple Erasmus+ projects on match-fixing.

Argyro Elisavet Manoli is Associate Professor at Loughborough University, UK. Her research focuses on marketing communications management and integrity in sport. Her work on sport integrity has been presented in the European Parliament, while she was also invited to deliver opening interventions in all European Commission Expert Group Meetings on Sport Integrity. She authored a policy report for the European Commission, commissioned by the European Union on corruption in sport in the European Union and has been awarded funding to conduct research on the area by funding bodies such as the British Academy, the Economic Social Research Council, and Erasmus+. She also leads the Loughborough University Collaboration of Sport Integrity and sits on the Editorial Board of a number of journals, while being a scientific track chair of the European Sport Management Association.