Urban Regimes and the Sporting Events Agenda: A Cross-National Comparison of Civic Development Strategies

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Laura MisenerUniversity of Windsor

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This article examines the coalitions undergirding comprehensive sport-centered growth agendas in three cities actively pursuing sporting event development strategies: Edmonton, Canada; Manchester, United Kingdom; and Melbourne, Australia. Using DiGaetano and Klemanski’s (1999) study of modes of urban governance as a starting point, we review each city’s urban political economy, urban governing agenda, and urban governing alliances. We then discuss whether coalitions in each of the cities can be identified as regimes, by examining the conditions required for the presence of regimes developed by Dowding (2001). Results suggest the presence of regimes in each city, which can be best described using Stoker and Mossberger’s (1994) symbolic regime, developed in their typology of regimes for cross-national research. However, the cities differ slightly, with Edmonton exhibiting the characteristics of a progressive version of a symbolic regime, whereas Manchester and Melbourne more closely resemble urban revitalization regimes.

Misener is with the Department of Kinesiology of the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4 Canada. Mason is with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H9 Canada.

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