Sustainable development, shock and awe? London 2012 and Civil Society


There is a disconnection between the top-down, elite, nature of sports mega-events and the ostensible redistributive and participatory sustainable development agendas staked out by BINGOs (Business-based International Non-Governmental Organizations) such as the contemporary International Olympic Committee (IOC). Focusing specifically on the London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, we argue that, for all the environmental technology advances offered by sports mega-events, their dominant model remains one of a hollowed-out form of sustainable development. Despite significant technical and methodological innovations in environmental stewardship, the development model of the London Olympics remains predicated on the satisfaction of transnational investment flows. We discuss what this means for claims about the staging of a ‘green’ Olympic Games.

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Divisions: ?? 29721300Jl ??
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil society,mega-events,Olympic Games,sustainable development,Social Sciences(all),Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 1469-8684
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 11:39
Full Text Link: http://soc.sage ... /5/749.abstract
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2011-10
Authors: Hayes, Graeme (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1871-1188)
Horne, John



Version: Accepted Version

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