Event Seizure: The World Cup 2018 and Russia’s Illusive Quest for Modernisation
University of Zurich
June 1, 2014
At USD 21.5 billion, the Football World Cup 2018 is on course to become the most expensive ever. But intentions to leverage the event for the modernisation of Russia have turned into the opposite: rather than building a ‘new Russia’, as proponents claim, the mega-event magnifies the problems of the old Russia. Developing the concept of event seizure, this paper shows how the priorities of the event have displaced those of modernisation. It traces the excesses of stadia construction, how rent seeking has driven up event costs and how the preparation for the event legitimises exceptional legislation that infringes citizen rights.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Russia, World Cup, mega-events, planning, mega-projects
Date posted: December 17, 2013 ; Last revised: July 11, 2014
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