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 mega-events.
The authors reveal how the mega-event 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 mega-event-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.
Matthew J. Burbank is assistant professor of political science at University of Utah. Gregory D. 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.