Brexit, Birmingham and the 2022 Commonwealth Games: an opportunity for regeneration and rejuvenation?

de Ruyter, A. and Hearne, David and Beer, J. and Zaman, Y (2020) Brexit, Birmingham and the 2022 Commonwealth Games: an opportunity for regeneration and rejuvenation? Managing Sport and Leisure. ISSN 2375-0480

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Abstract

Rationale
This article explores the awarding of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to Birmingham in the context of Brexit and Regional Devolution and Development.
Approach
A mixed methods approach of qualitative data collection supplemented by desktop research was undertaken. The underpinning research philosophy was that of Pragmatism (Morgan, 2014) – triangulating differing ontological & epistemological perspectives. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted between July 2018 and December 2018
Findings
The article critically assesses the potential of the 2022 Games to support regeneration, finding that various factors will continue to impinge on the ability of the 2022 Games to fulfil their promise of a shared vision post-Brexit.
Practical implications/Research contribution
Much has been made of the potential for major international sporting events to provide a stimulus to areas in need of regeneration, for which Glasgow is often cited as a classic example in the UK, having hosted the Games in 2014 (Scottish Government, 2015). However, Brexit adds a new piquancy to this debate given the desire by senior UK Government figures to rejuvenate ties with the Commonwealth. ? Is there anything distinctive about Birmingham (e.g., the presence of significant "Commonwealth Diaspora" communities) that could assist in this regard?

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1820369
Date: 21 September 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commonwealth games, Brexit, legacy, urban renewal, tourism
Subjects: L300 Sociology
N100 Business studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA17: Business and Management Studies
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Eugene Nulman
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 10:42
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2020 15:59
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10551

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