Accounting for the cost of sports-related violence: a case study of the socio-politics of “the” accounting entity

Jane Baxter, Martin Carlsson-Wall, Wai Fong Chua, Kalle Kraus

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to extend the understanding of “the” accounting entity, demonstrating how it is a contestable socio-political construction informed by a nexus of market, state and community actors. Design/methodology/approach: A case study method is utilised to follow debate relating to Swedish football clubs’ responsibility for the payment/non-payment of policing costs between 1999 and 2014. The case study uses documentary and interview data, focusing on one of the high-risk Stockholm clubs. Findings: The paper makes four main contributions: first, demonstrating how the accounting entity is a changeable and contestable construction; second, outlining how distinctions informing contests about the accounting arena are materialised through accounting calculations and other devices; third, showing the importance of community in a coordinated sense in mediating accounting practices; and fourth, contributing to the literature on accounting and sport, highlighting the importance of state actors in this arena. Originality/value: This research draws on original empirical data providing unique insights into debates regarding the responsibility for the payment of police costs in the context of sports-related violence. The authors show the importance of characterising accounting for sporting organisations as a shifting and contestable nexus of market, state and community actors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1956-1981
Number of pages26
JournalAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Accounting and sport
  • Accounting entity
  • Macro-actors
  • Markets
  • Police costs and football
  • State and community

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