Event bidding : a research agenda for major and mega sport events / David McGillivray, Daniel Turner, John Lauermann

McGillivray, David | Turner, Daniel | Lauermann, John

Event bidding is becoming an increasingly important topic in the broader field of (critical) event studies. Bidding contests for major sporting and cultural events attract (critical) mainstream media and public attention. And yet, despite growing scepticism about the politics and practices of event bidding, a significant number of cities and nations continue to submit their expressions of interest to host these events. In this chapter, the authors seek to accomplish two things. First, they draw on their own research studies into event bidding to identify the principal conceptual and methodological issues that researchers should be concerned with. Second, they explore what the changing landscape of event bidding - especially for mega sport events - means for the direction of future research in this field. They make the case for more participatory, involved and collaborative research methods to better understand the complex dynamics taking place within event bidding processes.

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