When the athletes enter the stadium and the Olympic flame is lit, the whole world watches. Billions will continue to follow the events and to share in the athletes' joys and sorrows for the next sixteen days. Readers of this book, however, will watch forthcoming editions of the Olympic Games in a completely different light. Unlike many historical or official publications and somewhat biased commercial works, it provides -- in a clear, readable form -- informative and fascinating material on many aspects of what Olympism is all about: its history, its organization and its actors. Although public attention is often drawn to various issues surrounding this planetary phenomenon -- whether concerning the International Olympic Committee, the athletes, the host cities or even the scandals that have arisen -- the Olympic System as such is relatively little known. What are its structures, its goals, its resources? How is it governed and regulated? What about doping, gigantism, violence in the stadium? In addition to providing a wealth of information on all these subjects, the authors also show how power, money and image have transformed Olympism over the decades. They round off the work with thought-provoking reflections regarding the future of the Olympic System and the obstacles it must overcome in order to survive.
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is one of the important organisations in world sport and one of the significant non-state actors in world politics. This book analyses what makes this system work and whether it will survive in the 21st century considering the major changes that have taken place in sport over decades.
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Introduction 1. A brief overview of the Olympic System 1.1 The established actors 1.2 The new actors 1.3 The regulators 2. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) 2.1 The IOC and its members 2.2 The IOC Administration 2.3 The economics of the IOC 3. The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) 3.1 NOC recognition 3.2 NOC missions 3.3 Olympic Solidarity 4. The International Sports Federations (IFs) 4.1 IF recognition 4.2 IF missions 4.3 The General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) 5. The Olympic Games and their Organising Committees 5.1 Brief overview of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games 5.2 Candidatures and elections of Olympic Host Cities 5.3 The Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs) 5.4 The gigantism of the Olympic Games 5.5 The future of the Games 6. Governments and the Olympic System 6.1 The IOC and Switzerland 6.2 The Olympic System and the United Nations System 6.3 Europe and sport 6.4 Towards a new legal framework for the Olympic System? 7. The Regulators 7.1 The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) 7.2 The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) 7.3 The IOC Ethics Commission Olympic governance: some conclusions
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"Recommended. Graduate students through faculty and professionals." -- CHOICE, Mar 2009 Vol. 46 No. 07 "The authors have provided a comprehensive, detailed and invaluably informative text." Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton
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Biographical note

Jean-Loup Chappelet, PhD, is Professor of Public Management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) associated to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Brenda Kubler-Mabbott is a writer, editor, and translator for various academic institutions and international organizations.