Regulatory Informality Across Olympic Event Zones

Walsh, Lewis, Down, Simon and Duignan, Michael B. (2022) Regulatory Informality Across Olympic Event Zones. Event Management, 26 (3). pp. 587-603. ISSN 1943-4308

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Olympic event zones are characterised as being intensely formally regulated during live staging periods, producing exclusionary environments blamed for side-lining host community interests. Yet, our findings contradict what scholars perceive to be inflexible formal regulations, and, the regulator’s ability to take informal action. By interviewing and drawing on the experience of 17 regulators during London 2012 we identify how regulators simultaneously oscillate between modes of regulatory formality and informality, straddling what is referred to as the ‘formality-informality span’. Our application and theorisation of these concepts critiques existing explanations of how regulation is enacted in mega-sporting events, providing new insights into the way organisers balance regulatory demands and potentially opening up new emancipatory policies and more equitable outcomes for host communities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: formality–informality span, host community, London 2012, mega-sporting events, olympic event zones, regulatory in/formality
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 06 May 2022 10:33
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 16:18

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