Sport and Contemporary International Political Economy

  • David Black
  • Maya Hibbeln
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


Since the onset of the Cold War and the subsequent rise of neoliberalism, sport has become a focus of intense interest by governments and corporations alike. While competitive sport has long been infused by politics and commercialism, the rapid intensification and systematic co-mingling of these trends is relatively recent. Sport has become a vehicle through which political-economic interests and objectives are aggressively pursued. This chapter considers some principal explanations for the intensified relationship between sport and International Political Economy (IPE), highlighting the affinity between sport and globalization. It explores the relationship between sport and the branding of companies, localities, and nations. Finally, it considers why and how Sport Mega-Events (SMEs) have emerged as a coveted yet contested means to pursue political-economic interests and objectives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Black
    • 1
  • Maya Hibbeln
    • 2
  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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