Research Handbook on Sport Governance
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Research Handbook on Sport Governance

Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Sports governance has developed into a considerable field of research, and has piqued many researchers’ interest worldwide. What’s more, recent scandals that have affected the world of sport can be directly related to misgovernance. Research Handbook on Sport Governance aims to gather the state-of-the art research on sports governance. It offers a vital reference point for advancing research on the matter, while illustrating different approaches and perspectives, such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance.
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Chapter 3: Measuring governance: the Sports Governance Observer

Arnout Geeraert


Increased attention togood governance in (international) sport spurred (academic) efforts to evaluate the governance of different types of sport organisations. This chapter discusses the Sports Governance Observer, a tool for benchmarking good governance in international sport federations. It focuses on methodological challenges associated with measuring governance, that is, with the construction and use of governance indicators. Rather than providing a methodological blueprint, this chapter flags troublesome aspects of indicator construction and use. It suggests researchers proceed with caution when establishing validity, reliability, legitimacy, and functionality.

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