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State dirigisme in megaprojects: governing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

abstract This paper examines the preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and links it to debates on state rescaling and urban entrepreneurialism in mega-projects. It argues that the Olympic mega-project in Sochi follows a model of state dirigisme which accords a salient role to the national state. Although private sector companies act as investors, the national state steers the planning process and directs the investment. This arrangement is reflected in a business-state relationship where the boundaries between the public and the private sector become blurred, as the state establishes directive control over companies. The model of state dirigisme is underpinned by a nationalist narrative which frames the Olympic Games not primarily as a stimulus for economic development and global competitiveness but as a contribution to Russian greatness. This mode of governing the Olympic Games deviates from the model of entrepreneurial governance and the concomitant state rescaling, dominant in mega-projects in North America and Western Europe, in according a prominent role to the national state rather than to market-led development pushed by cities as lead actors.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords mega-projects, mega-events, governance, state dirigisme, state rescaling, Olympic Games, Russia
   
project Materialising networks: moving knowledge, governing mega-events
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 29-9-2011
journal Environment and Planning A
publisher Pion (London)
ISSN 0308-518X
ISSN (online) 1472-3409
DOI 10.1068/a43284
volume of journal 43
number of issue 9
page(s) 2091-2108
review double-blind review
   
profile area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte (KIM)
citation Mueller, M. (2011). State dirigisme in megaprojects: governing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Environment and Planning A, 43(9), 2091-2108, DOI:10.1068/a43284.