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 7: Embedding good governance principles in sport governing bodies through a code of ethics: opportunities, pitfalls and good practices

Els De Waegeneer and Annick Willem

Abstract

The management of sport organizations has been under a lot of scrutiny. An important element in trying to secure good governance practices in sport governing bodies is the embedment of an ethical code in the organization. However, this instrument has both potential strengths and weaknesses. In this chapter the authorstake a closer look at the opportunities and pitfalls that ethical codes can present in promoting and guiding good governance. The literature has pointed out several conditions for a code of ethics to be effective. The authors analyse the ethical codes of the 35 Olympic federations in the light of this research and consider their content and characteristics in relation to their potential effectiveness. Several international federations have already made progress.However,other organizations still have a lot of work to do when it comes to designing and implementing an integral ethical code to combat poor governance.

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