This timely book provides an engaging, clear view of the interrelationships within key globalization processes and the international sport of football. Intelligently combining the conceptual and methodological aspects of global studies with the specific cultural conditions of the ߢbeautiful game’ Giulianotti and Robertson illuminate its social history and diffusion, as well as wider cultural, economic, political and social dimensions.

Politics: Nations, Neo-Mercantilism and International Governance

Politics: Nations, neo-mercantilism and international governance

Introduction

Football's global political field reveals a growing multi-polar complexity, with a broad array of institutional actors, ranging from international governments to local player agents. Particular interest is reserved for the position of national societies, given their historical contribution to the game's political development. While neo-liberalism impacts directly upon football, other political–economic policies and ideologies are evidenced in the practices and strategies of different agents within the global game. Here, we consider the neo-mercantilist model of political–economic arrangements that define the interests of national and international institutions such as football's governing bodies and state/supra-state actors.

Our discussion is divided into four main parts. First, we explore the complex interrelationships of nations to globalization processes, paying particular ...

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