For the benefit of all? Developing a critical perspective in mega-event leverage

Ziakas, Vassilios (2014) For the benefit of all? Developing a critical perspective in mega-event leverage. Leisure Studies, 34 (6). pp. 689-702. ISSN 0261-4367

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2014.986507

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to bring to light the need for developing a critical leveraging perspective on mega-events and propose a research agenda that extends the focus of the leverage concept towards this direction. Current research on leverage focuses on the attainment and magnification of mega-event outcomes. A critical lens of inquiry however is needed to move forward and take into account the influence of power structures and social ordering processes on developing and implementing strategic leveraging programmes. Such a perspective can help examine if and how the benefits of mega-events are fairly delivered to host communities, equally distributed among stakeholders and then sustained, while negative impacts are minimised. Ten research themes are brought forward to help build a robust ground for a critical mega event leveraging perspective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: power, critical perspective, cross-leverage, social order
Members: University of St Mark & St John
Depositing User: Mrs Wendy Evans
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 15:38
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 15:38
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/10195

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