The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System

The Governance of World Sport

By Jean-Loup Chappelet

Translated by Brenda Kübler-Mabbott

© 2008 – Routledge

212 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

When the athletes enter the stadium and the Olympic flame is lit, the whole world watches. Billions will continue to follow the events and to share in the athletes' joys and sorrows for the next sixteen days.

Readers of this book, however, will watch forthcoming editions of the Olympic Games in a completely different light. Unlike many historical or official publications and somewhat biased commercial works, it provides -- in a clear, readable form -- informative and fascinating material on many aspects of what Olympism is all about: its history, its organization and its actors.

Although public attention is often drawn to various issues surrounding this planetary phenomenon -- whether concerning the International Olympic Committee, the athletes, the host cities or even the scandals that have arisen -- the Olympic System as such is relatively little known. What are its structures, its goals, its resources? How is it governed and regulated? What about doping, gigantism, violence in the stadium?

In addition to providing a wealth of information on all these subjects, the authors also show how power, money and image have transformed Olympism over the decades. They round off the work with thought-provoking reflections regarding the future of the Olympic System and the obstacles it must overcome in order to survive.


"Recommended. Graduate students through faculty and professionals." -- CHOICE, Mar 2009 Vol. 46 No. 07

"The authors have provided a comprehensive, detailed and invaluably informative text."

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. A brief overview of the Olympic System 1.1 The established actors 1.2 The new actors 1.3 The regulators 2. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) 2.1 The IOC and its members 2.2 The IOC Administration 2.3 The economics of the IOC 3. The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) 3.1 NOC recognition 3.2 NOC missions 3.3 Olympic Solidarity 4. The International Sports Federations (IFs) 4.1 IF recognition 4.2 IF missions 4.3 The General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) 5. The Olympic Games and their Organising Committees 5.1 Brief overview of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games 5.2 Candidatures and elections of Olympic Host Cities 5.3 The Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs) 5.4 The gigantism of the Olympic Games 5.5 The future of the Games 6. Governments and the Olympic System 6.1 The IOC and Switzerland 6.2 The Olympic System and the United Nations System 6.3 Europe and sport 6.4 Towards a new legal framework for the Olympic System? 7. The Regulators 7.1 The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) 7.2 The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) 7.3 The IOC Ethics Commission Olympic governance: some conclusions

About the Author

Jean-Loup Chappelet, PhD, is Professor of Public Management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) associated to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Brenda Kübler-Mabbott is a writer, editor, and translator for various academic institutions and international organizations.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
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Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)