Mechanisms of policy failure

Mechanisms of policy failure


Written by:

Eva Kassens-Noor and John Lauermann

First Published:

28 Nov 2017, 12:00 am

Mechanisms of policy failure

Mechanisms of policy failure: Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

A new paper by Eva Kassens-Noor and John Lauermann is now available online



Planning for mega-events such as the Olympics is at a turning point. There has been a power shift in the relationship between cities and the International Olympic Committee towards the former. This shift is based on the emergence of anti-bid opposition movements; the increasing complexity of bidding; demands for locally relevant legacies; and a changing political economic relationship between citizens, city governments and sports federations. Our paper draws on a long-term study of Boston’s failed bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, based on an ethnography within the bidding corporation and interviews with pro- and anti-bid stakeholders. We lay out the reasons why the Boston bid failed, and conclude that bid failure involves factors that work against elitist powers and towards democratic beneficiaries.


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