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 6: A cultural perspective on good governance in sport

Vassil Girginov

Abstract

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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