How Can FIFA be Held Accountable?I am happy to share the submitted version, just send a request by email to rpielkejr(at)gmail(dot)com.
Abstract. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, in a non-gvernmental organization located in Switzerland that is responsible for overseeing the quadrennial World Cup football (soccer) competition in addition to its jurisdiction over international competitions around the word. The organization, long accused of corruption, has been increasing criticized by observers and stakeholders during the past year for its lack of transparency and accountability. This paper draws on literature in international relations to ask and answer the question: how can FIFA be held accountable? The paper’s review finds that the answer to this question is “not easily.” The experience in reforming the International Olympic Committee more than a decade ago provides one model for how reform might occur in FIFA. However, successful reform will require the successful and simultaneous application of multiple mechanisms of accountability.