Governance of Chinese professional football during Xi’s authoritarian era: What is changing and what remains unchanged

Zheng, Jinming and Ma, Yang (2021) Governance of Chinese professional football during Xi’s authoritarian era: What is changing and what remains unchanged. Soccer & Society. ISSN 1466-0970 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article sought to answer questions concerning the aspects that are changing and those that remains unchanged regarding football in China during Xi’s authoritarian era by comparing the governance of Chinese professional football during this era and during a previously examined former era to provide a point of departure for empirical studies concerning the recent ascent of football in China. This research yielded the following findings. Regarding the first question, first, at the league-governance level, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) has prioritized the salience of professional football clubs (PFCs). Second, at the club-governance level, the CFA has adopted a gradualist approach to institutional reform by proceeding through a process of introducing private or state-owned enterprises. Third, also at the club-governance level, PFCs face financial fragility due to the heavy dependence on soft loans from backing enterprises. Regarding the second question, at the league-governance level, the actual goal setting remains unchanged, and underachievement of the national football team persists. Comprehensive document analysis that included international peer-reviewed journal articles, books or book chapters, academic reports, policy documents, and influential media in China was performed. In addition, website research on all sixteen clubs in the Chinese Super League (CSL) during the 2019 season was conducted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L200 Politics
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 09:04
Last Modified: 04 May 2021 09:04
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46069

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