The Politics of Sports Mega-events


  • Jonathan Grix

    1. Senior lecturer in sport politics and policy in the department of political science and international studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the co-author of Sport Under Communism. Behind the East German ‘Miracle’ (Palgrave) and the author of The Politics of Sport (forthcoming).
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Why do countries compete so fiercely to host international sporting events? Is the legacy worth the billions in costs? With the 2012 Olympics on the horizon, Jonathan Grix looks at the politics of staging a sports mega-event.