Failed Olympic Bids and the Transformation of Urban Space: Lasting Legacies?

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Robert Oliver, John Lauermann

Year 2017
Pages 156
Publisher Palgrave Pivot
Language en
ISBN 9781137598226
File Size 1.28 MB
File Format PDF
Download Counter 76
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Ebook Description

This book evaluates why cities choose to bid for the Olympics, why Olympic bids fail, and whether cities can benefit from failed bids. Attention is shifted away from host cities (or winners), to consider the impact of the bidding process on urban development in losing cities. Oliver and Lauermann show that bidding is often a politically strategic exercise, as planning ideas are recycled from one bid project to the next. As Olympic bids become more deeply embedded in urban development and bid teams engage in legacy planning, Oliver and Lauermann demonstrate that bid failure is rarely definitive and is often a desirable result.  This volume adds a new and innovative perspective to Olympic Studies and mega-events more broadly, with appeal to a variety of other disciplines including geography, urban planning, spatial politics and sport and civic policy.