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Crime Prevention and Security Management

Securing Mega-Events

Networks, Strategies and Tensions

Authors: Whelan, Chad, Molnar, Adam

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  • Examines mega-events using case studies, such as the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
  • Considers the organisational dynamics of designing and delivering effective security
  • Discusses the variety of approaches and complexity of event security
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Mega-events such as the Olympic Games, World Cup finals and international political summits are occasions of almost unparalleled economic, political and social significance for host nations and cities. The scale and scope of mega-event security has continued to grow enormously since 11 September 2001, consistently involving the largest policing and security operations for event hosts outside of wartime. This book is the first to focus exclusively on the organisational dynamics underpinning the design and delivery of mega-event security.

Using the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014 as a case study, in conjunction with comparisons with events such as the Toronto 2010 G20, the authors engage in a comprehensive assessment of the networks, strategies and tensions involved in mega-event security. By drawing on the insightful experiences of those responsible for securing the Brisbane 2014 G20, the authors look behind-the-scenes to capture the complexity of mega-event security. The authors argue that such an approach is essential to better appreciate how different conceptions of security, ways of thinking and acting, impact a range of security ideals and outcomes.

About the authors

Chad Whelan is Associate Professor in Criminology at Deakin University, Australia.

Adam Molnar is Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University, Australia.

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“Mega-events such as political summits and international sports tournaments present immense security challenges to the mosaic of public and private organizations that are responsible for the safety of their participants and the surrounding populations. Coordinating such a diverse patchwork of organizations, whose rationalities, capacities and goals vary widely proves a complex undertaking that generates its fair share of tensions. In this richly documented book, Chad Whelan and Adam Molnar take us through a deep dive into one of those mega-events (the Brisbane 2014 G20 summit) and show in unprecedented detail how their security is planned and delivered. Using a security network approach, they provide new insights into the inherent tensions that run through these temporary assemblages. They also develop a detailed and nuanced analysis of the conflicting conceptions of security at play and how their frequent collisions produced unexpected outcomes. This book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the governance of security in globalized societies.” (Benoît Dupont, International Centre for Comparative Criminology, Université de Montréal, Canada)
Whelan and Molnar note differences and similarities in key notions such as ‘security’ and ‘perceived threat,’ the tensions resulting, problems in assigning roles and responsibilities, and the role of organizational culture, and trust. They explore the uses of technology in security provision and information sharing. Given that creating security is a process, a matter of social construction and communication, both the structural (design, internal structures) and relational (interpersonal and inter-organizational relations) aspects of the networks created are considered. This is a creative, well-theorized study using interviews with key actors and organizations, and an important contribution to an area of study with increasing importance. (Peter Manning, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $49.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59668-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $68.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59667-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Securing Mega-Events
Book Subtitle
Networks, Strategies and Tensions
Authors
Series Title
Crime Prevention and Security Management
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59668-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59668-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59667-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 229
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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