Olympic risks

Jennings, Will (2012) Olympic risks, Basingstoke, GB, Palgrave Macmillan, 280pp. (Executive Politics and Governance).


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The task of governing the Olympic Games and the Olympic movement now takes place in an age in which states and societies are increasingly organized in response to risk. At the heart of the risk management in governance the Olympics is a tension between the inherent riskiness of mega-events, which is attributable to their scale and complexities, combined with immense societal, political and organisational pressures for foresight, control, safety and security. Over time, staging the Olympics has become more complex, and riskier, as a consequence of its growing scale and commercial success. Since the 1980s, a profound transformation has occurred in how the Games are organised, with the increased transfer of risk to the market and the spread of regulation as a mode of governance, alongside growth in the practice of risk management across functions ranging from finance to security to critical infrastructures to public health. This book is a unique theoretical and empirical account of how the Olympic Games are governed, exploring the challenges and pressures of staging the world’s largest event and the recent emergence of the formal practice of risk management as a response to the operational demands and complexities of the Games.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 9780230300064 (print)
0230300065 (print)
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Organisations: Politics & International Relations
ePrint ID: 343607
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29 May 2012Published
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 09:34
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:33
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343607

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