An analysis of Glasgow's decision to bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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There is a growing body of literature concerning the staging, management and planning for large-scale sports events; the evaluation of these events and the reasons why nations and cities attempt to host them, but few studies have provided a theoretically informed analysis of hosting policy decisions. This study builds upon existing studies which outlined a method for exploring decisions to host, but furthers the analysis through the consideration of a policy model, the Multiple Streams Framework (MSF), in order to provide a sophisticated understanding of how policy decisions are taken at the local level. A case study of Glasgow’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games was undertaken using semi-structured interviews with the majority of key actors involved in, and excluded from, the policymaking process. The results indicate that, while it does not provide a perfect ‘fit’, the MSF and its focus on policy entrepreneurialism is useful in explaining the elevation of these events onto local political agendas. The implications of these results include providing a stimulus for researchers to build upon the limited body of literature that applies policy theory to sport policy issues and also to stimulate research in the international context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1870-1887
Number of pages18
JournalSport in Society
Issue number12
Early online date30 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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