Mooney G, McCall V & Paton K (2015) Exploring the use of large sporting events in the post-crash, post-welfare city: A 'legacy' of increasing insecurity?. Local Economy, 30 (8), pp. 910-924. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094215602201
Large-scale sporting events are a major part of urban policy and regeneration strategies in the UK and globally. These events court as much controversy and criticism from academics and community groups as they are coveted by local and national governments. While they claim to have lasting long-term benefits for the host cities, neighbourhoods and ergo residents, evidence shows that effects are often scant, oblique or, conversely, negative. This has new significance in the context of austerity. This paper offers original empirical evidence of the experiences surrounding the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. A series of diaries and focus groups with those living and working in the East End of Glasgow revealed hope of a positive impact on the East End, but this coincided with anxiety and feelings of exclusion around the Commonwealth Games 2014. It explores the current form that urban social policy takes in the post-crash, post-welfare context, as exemplified by the Commonwealth Games. The paper goes on to raise questions about the real winners of large sporting events.
austerity; Commonwealth Games 2014; Glasgow insecurity; urban policy; welfare
Local Economy: Volume 30, Issue 8