Olympic facilities and authoritarian regimes : a case study of Sochi 2014 / Melina Giannakopoulou

Giannakopoulou, Melina

The effort to balance social and economic interests has always been a critical issue for the post-Games usage of Olympic venues. The planning, the construction but also the selection of the post-Games usage of a facility is a socioeconomic and most notably a political issue since it concerns how the public inherits capital goods and assets from mega-events. Using an instrumental case study approach this study explores the 2014 Sochi Games to critically examine how an authoritarian regime deals with its Olympic facilities pre and post-Games, and provides useful insights regarding the interrelationship between motivation for hosting, architectural philosophy, costs and post-use.

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