A Conceptual Model and Research Agenda for Bidding, Planning and Delivering Major Sport Events that Lever Human Rights

David McGillivray, Mike Edwards, Ian Brittain, Jason Bocarro, Joerg Koenigstorfer

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In this conceptual article, the authors propose a framework for how progressive human rights outcomes may be obtained in the context of bidding, planning and implementing major sport events (MSEs) through the implementation of four pathways, including good governance, the democratic participation of stakeholders, the formalisation of human rights agendas and the deployment of sensitive urban development. The authors argue that there is a need for adherence to internationally recognised standards, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights if rhetorical statements from MSE awarding bodies and host organisers are to be accountable to a wider set of actors. If researchers and practitioners want to address some of the critical issues related to human rights and MSEs, it is imperative that key actors working in the rights sphere are involved in shaping the research agenda and monitoring its implementation. Academics need to take a proactive approach aimed at achieving both theoretically grounded and practically relevant solutions, with engagement occurring over an extended period of time. This approach, avowedly political and concerned with genuine action, is a key way in which MSE stakeholders can be held to account for their actions in regard to human rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-190
Number of pages16
JournalLeisure Studies
Issue number2
Early online date11 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Studies on 11/12/18 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/ 10.1080/02614367.2018.1556724

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  • Event hosting
  • FIFA World Cup
  • Olympic Games
  • event legacy
  • mega sport events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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