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Olympic Dreams

The Impact of Mega-events on Local Politics

Matthew J. Burbank (author) Gregory D. Andranovich (author)
Charles H. Heying (author)

ISBN: 9781555879914

Publication Date: Mar 2001

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

What drives cities to pursue large-scale events like the Olympic games? Investigating local politics in three U.S. cities-Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City-as they vied for the role of Olympic host, this book provides a narrative of the evolving political economy of modern megaevents.
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What drives cities to pursue large-scale, high-profile events like the Olympic games? What are the consequences for citizens and local governments? Investigating local politics in three U.S. cities - Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City - as they vied for the role of Olympic host, this book provides a compelling narrative of the evolving political economy of modern megaevents. The authors reveal how the megaevent strategy typically is initiated by a coalition of public and private elites; how citizen involvement is managed and often curtailed; and how latent development agendas are revived and refocused to leverage Olympic opportunities. In assessing the impact of megaevent-driven growth, they look beyond the tax revenues and stadium costs to offer a nuanced examination of the ways Olympic dreams affect local governance and social conditions in urban economies.

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This volume not only answers the questions of why and how cities pursue megaeven's like hosting the Olympic games, but it weaves empirical research with competing literatures to make important contributions to understanding current urban politics. It will quickly occupy an important place in the literature. - David J. Olson, University of Washington
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Pages 200
Date Published 31 Mar 2001
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Series Explorations in Public Policy
Subject/s Sport & leisure industries   Regional government  
Olympic Dreams. - Economic Growth and Local Politics. - Mega-events and Economic Development. - Los Angeles and the 1984 Summer Games. - Atlanta and the 1996 Summer Games. - Salt Lake City and the 2002 Winter Games. - Reading the Olympic Games.
Matthew J. Burbank is assistant professor of political science at University of Utah. Greg Andranovich is associate professor of political science at California State University Los Angeles. Charles H. Heying is assistant professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.

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