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Bend it like FIFA: corruption on and off the pitch

Christopher Boudreaux, Gokhan Karahan and R. Morris Coats

Managerial Finance, 2016, vol. 42, issue 9, 866-878

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss the institutional background and the incentive for FIFA executives to engage in corrupt activities. The authors also highlight recent FIFA scandals and discuss approaches that may affect FIFA’s corruption in the future. Design/methodology/approach - The authors approach this subject through a historical narrative. The authors review the literature on corruption and apply these findings to the FIFA organization. Due to many similarities, the authors are able to juxtapose the successes and failures of the Olympics, and apply these findings to FIFA. Findings - Based on the examination, the authors find that FIFA’s corruption can be mitigated, but it is a very difficult task to accomplish. The US Department of Justice has helped to jump start a corruption reform in FIFA. This has also facilitated the activities of the FIFA ethics committee. However, only time will tell whether these changes will be meaningful and last. Originality/value - The contribution is that the authors closely link the sports management and economics literature on corruption using FIFA as the subject of analysis. Because of the recent FIFA scandal, the authors are able to update the corruption literature as it applies to this organization and, more generally, in sports.

Keywords: Governance; Corruption; Institutions; Football; Soccer; FIFA; L31; L83; K42; G39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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