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Title: Protecting private transnational authority against public intervention: FIFA’s power over national governments
Authors: Garcia, Borja
Meier, Henk-Erik
Keywords: FIFA
Football
National governments
Transnational regulation
Governance
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Wiley
Citation: GARCIA GARCIA, B. and MEIER H-E., 2015. Protecting private transnational authority against public intervention: FIFA’s power over national governments. Public Administration, 9(4), pp.890-906.
Abstract: Scholars have controversially discussed whether the rise of transnational private authority is beneficial or undermines public legitimate authority. While the recent focus on civil regulation has emphasized the key role of public authorities and civil societies in such arrangements, the case of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) provides strong evidence that global policies can be formulated and administered by completely private institutions relying on strong enforcement mechanisms and able to confront public authorities. FIFA’s power results from its control of market access to global football, which represents a vital club good for national football industries. Therefore, FIFA is able to force European Union member states to deviate from national paths of sport regulation. Without orchestrating their efforts, public authorities are unlikely to succeed in challenging FIFA’s power. Although the recent corruption scandals might force FIFA to implement some reforms, FIFA has a vital interest in protecting its regulatory powers.
Description: This paper is embargoed until 17th Sept 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/padm.12208
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18622
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/padm.12208
ISSN: 1467-9299
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