Securing Mega-Events

Networks, Strategies and Tensions

  • Chad Whelan
  • Adam Molnar

Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Chad Whelan, Adam Molnar
    Pages 1-24
  3. Chad Whelan, Adam Molnar
    Pages 25-58
  4. Chad Whelan, Adam Molnar
    Pages 123-153
  5. Chad Whelan, Adam Molnar
    Pages 155-184
  6. Chad Whelan, Adam Molnar
    Pages 185-201
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-229

About this book


Mega-events such as the Olympic Games, World Cup finals and international political summits are occasions of almost unparalleled economic, political and social significance for host nations and cities. The scale and scope of mega-event security has continued to grow enormously since 11 September 2001, consistently involving the largest policing and security operations for event hosts outside of wartime. This book is the first to focus exclusively on the organisational dynamics underpinning the design and delivery of mega-event security.

Using the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014 as a case study, in conjunction with comparisons with events such as the Toronto 2010 G20, the authors engage in a comprehensive assessment of the networks, strategies and tensions involved in mega-event security. By drawing on the insightful experiences of those responsible for securing the Brisbane 2014 G20, the authors look behind-the-scenes to capture the complexity of mega-event security. The authors argue that such an approach is essential to better appreciate how different conceptions of security, ways of thinking and acting, impact a range of security ideals and outcomes.


police events security taskforce G20 terrorism logistics operations risk threat communication crime prevention policing

Authors and affiliations

  • Chad Whelan
    • 1
  • Adam Molnar
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and EducationDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  2. 2.School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and EducationDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59667-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59668-0
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