Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos
Chapter 6: A cultural perspective on good governance in sport
This chapter interrogates the concept of ‘good governance’ in sport from a cultural perspective and suggests that any account that fails to examine the role of culture in shaping the meaning and practices of good governance will be incomplete and misleading. It addresses two interrelated questions: i) Is it possible to have a universal definition of governance in the vastly culturally diverse world of sport, and what might that lead to? ii) What exactly does good governance tell us about governance? The answer to the first question suggests that, while such universal definitions already exist in sport, their conceptual and practical value remains highly questionable. Regarding the second question, it is argued that various studies have demonstrated that good governance indicators are lacking consistency, correctness and replicability, and there has been a paucity of research to critically examine their role in sport.
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