Monday, February 27, 2012

Call for Papers on Sport Governance EASM 2012

At the 2012 meeting of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) to be held in Aalborg, Denmark in September, Jean-Loup Chappelet, Tracy Taylor and I are convening a workshop on the governance of international and national sport organizations. You can see all of the details below. Paper abstracts for the workshop are due March 26th, and we are looking to accept 9-12 papers, the best of which will be assembling in a special journal issue.

We welcome high-quality papers from academics, journalists, practitioners and others -- the submission portal is here. Our contact information is below if you have any questions.
Governance of international and national sport organisations

Background: Governance has become an increasingly important theme for international and national sport in recent decades because of actual and perceived problems of corruption, lack of transparency and unaccountability within the ranks of many international and national sport bodies. In the last ten years, scholars (Foster, Henry, Katwala…), sport organisations (such as IOC, FIFA, UCI, Dutch NOC…), and some governmental and intergovernmental organisations such as the Council of Europe and the UK parliament have proposed guidelines for improved governance of this growing sector. We propose a workshop on the governance of international and national sports organisations.

Theme: The workshop papers will focus on sub-themes such as:
  • Evaluations of individual sport organisation governance (IOC, FIFA, national sport organisations, etc.): Present and future
  • Relationships between local, national and supranational sport organisations: how much autonomy? How much oversight? 
  • Comparison of existing sport governance frameworks: Towards minimum requirements? 
  • Comparison of governance regimes of other non-governmental organisations beyond sport 
  • Role of intergovernmental organisations at European and/or world level 
  • Monitoring of sport governance at national or international level: Need for a Global Governance index?
Keywords: Governance, sport autonomy, transparency, organisational democracy, accountability

Format: Each participant will present their research with Power Point or in a short paper and time will be made available for questions and discussion. The Power Point presentation or short paper should be sent to the session conveners at least two weeks before the conference.

Abstracts are to be submitted for the EASM conference according to the procedure outlined by the scientific committee. Please indicate that the paper is for consideration for inclusion in the Governance of international sport workshop.

Between 9-12 papers will be accepted and form the basis for a one day (three or four session) workshop. Each paper will be presented, commented and discussed within a time frame of 30 minutes at the workshop. The best papers may be published in an edited book or in a special issue of a sport science or international politics journal (ESMQ, IJSPP, Sport in Society, SMJ…).

Conveners: From 3 continents:

Jean-Loup Chappelet, professor of public management at the Swiss graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Jean-Loup has published extensively on governance in the Olympic System,

Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Roger is an expert of football governance at national and international level,

Tracy Taylor, professor of sport management at UTS Business, the business school of the University Technology Sydney, Australia, with a particular focus on human resource management and executive leadership development. Tracy is the Editor of Sport Management Review,


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