Failed Olympic Bids and the Transformation of Urban Space

Lasting Legacies?

  • Robert Oliver
  • John Lauermann

Part of the Mega Event Planning book series (MEGAEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 1-25
  3. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 27-47
  4. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 49-67
  5. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 69-86
  6. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 87-106
  7. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 107-128
  8. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 129-146
  9. Robert Oliver, John Lauermann
    Pages 147-151
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 153-156

About this book


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.


Failed Olympic bids Urban space Transformation of Urban Space Urban Planning Urban Economics Olympic bids legacy planning Olympic Agenda 2020 Olympic candidature process event-led development urban governance networked entrepreneurialism entrepreneurial city development logic in cities neoliberal reordering multi-scalar collaboration politics of contingency

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Oliver
    • 1
  • John Lauermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Tech UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59822-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59823-3
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