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The hiding hand controversy as an analytical approach in the study of urban megaevents

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dc.contributor.author Casellas, Antònia
dc.contributor.author Lehtonen, Markku
dc.date.accessioned 2024-02-23T12:02:33Z
dc.date.available 2024-02-23T12:02:33Z
dc.date.issued 2024
dc.identifier.citation Casellas A, Lehtonen M. The hiding hand controversy as an analytical approach in the study of urban megaevents. Cities. 2024 Apr;147:104773. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2023.104773
dc.identifier.issn 0264-2751
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/59243
dc.description.abstract Despite growing public opposition, megaevents such as the Summer Olympics continue to proliferate both in the Global North and South, thus reshaping the built environment of cities and the living conditions of their inhabitants. This paper presents a novel analytical tool that expands the perspectives from which to explore urban megaevents. Building on the controversy among megaproject scholars around Albert Hirschman's Hiding Hand principle, we study the diverse roles that optimism can play in the justification, planning, implementation, and evaluation of megaevents. This approach has the potential to unveil key urban policy agendas underpinning the hosting of megaevents. It does so by focusing on two key aspects: first, the various types and degrees of power exercised by the involved stakeholders in their attempts to justify and support or oppose an event during the planning phase, and second, the coping mechanisms deployed by the promoters as they face unexpected constraints during the implementation phase. In doing so, the approach can help to develop more nuanced and context-specific criteria for evaluating the success of megaevents. We exemplify the approach by using the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as an illustrative case study.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartof Cities. 2024 Apr;147:104773
dc.rights © 2024 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/bync/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.title The hiding hand controversy as an analytical approach in the study of urban megaevents
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2024-02-23T12:02:33Z
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2023.104773
dc.subject.keyword Olympics
dc.subject.keyword Optimism
dc.subject.keyword Megaprojects
dc.subject.keyword Hiding hand principle
dc.subject.keyword Barcelona
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