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Olympic Games and Global Cities

What Future for an Olympic System in Turmoil?

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  • Contributes to the renewal of Olympic studies
  • Brings together interdisciplinary contributions from top international researchers
  • Integrates innovative empirical, theoretical and comparative perspectives

Part of the book series: Mega Event Planning (MEGAEP)

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About this book

This book offers a comprehensive overview of current debates on the influence of the Olympic Games on cities, urban policies and the governance of global cities, making a valuable contribution to the fields of Olympic studies and urban studies. Historically, Western cities such as Paris, London, and later Los Angeles, have been the primary hosts of the summer Games. However, the link that existed between the world metropolises of the last century and the Games has deeply changed. Growing concerns about the Games' costs and environmental impact have prompted a shift in the expectations of candidate cities and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This evolution favours more modest bids, and a resurgence of global cities and historical Olympic host cities within the Olympic landscape. This book is an essential resource for researchers in Olympic studies, urban studies, and all those involved in the planning of these events.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. A New Olympic Model in Quest of Legitimacy and Sustainability


This book offers students, academics and practitioners a succinct account of the opportunities, challenges, issues and trends inherent in cities’ organization and staging of the Olympic Games. It acts as a highly insightful guide for those interested in the Olympic Games – and sports events more broadly – from a multitude of disciplinary backgrounds, including urban studies, sociology, events management and policy and politics.’ 
—Dr Paul Brannagan, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester, UK. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS, École des Hautes Études en Sciences So, Paris, France

    Alexandre Faure

About the editor

Alexandre Faure is Associate Researcher at the France-Japan Foundation of the EHESS. His research focuses on the study and analysis of the influence of the Olympic Games on cities, as well as on the link between global cities and the Olympic Games. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Olympic Games and Global Cities

  • Book Subtitle: What Future for an Olympic System in Turmoil?

  • Editors: Alexandre Faure

  • Series Title: Mega Event Planning

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-99-9598-1Published: 11 April 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-99-9599-8Published: 10 April 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2633-5859

  • Series E-ISSN: 2633-5867

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 151

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Geography, Public Policy, Sociology of Sport and Leisure, Sport Science , Political Science, Globalization

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