Going for gold: A prospective assessment of the economic impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2014 upon the East End of Glasgow

Clark, J. and Kearns, A. (2016) Going for gold: A prospective assessment of the economic impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2014 upon the East End of Glasgow. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(8), pp. 1474-1500. (doi:10.1177/0263774X15624923)

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Abstract

Host cities have increasingly sought to combine the staging of a multi-sports event with the regeneration of run-down areas. Like London 2012, Glasgow has sought to use the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2014 as a catalyst for the physical, social and economic renewal of its East End. This paper uses a theory-based evaluation framework to assess the likely economic impacts of the CWG upon Glasgow’s East End. After considering the scope for economic change, the feasibility of legacy developments and programmes being delivered as intended, and the plausibility that economic impacts might be achieved based on evidence from past events, it is concluded that economic impacts are likely in the shortterm and possible in the medium-to-long-term. Key weaknesses in Glasgow’s approach which may limit these impacts are identified so that future host cities with similar objectives may learn from them.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The GoWell East research project, on which this paper is based, is sponsored by The Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland and sportscotland.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Clark, Dr Julie
Authors: Clark, J., and Kearns, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0263-774X
ISSN (Online):1472-3425
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 34(8):1474-1500
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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