Book: Olympics & Urban Politics

January 29, 2002





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Spec.
(323) 343-3047


of Events

Cal State L.A. Professor Coauthors Book on
the Impact of Olympic Games on Local Politics

Los Angeles, CA -- In time for the Winter Olympics 2002 at Salt Lake City, Utah, Greg Andranovich, professor of Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles, published a book, Olympic Dreams: The Impact of Mega-Events on Local Politics (2001), which he coauthored with Matthew J. Burbank and Charles H. Heying. This volume not only answers the questions of why and how cities pursue mega-events such as hosting the Olympic Games, but it weaves empirical research with competing literatures to make important contributions to understanding urban politics.

Dr. Andranovich’s research interests are in urban politics and policymaking and comparative public administration. He has presented numerous research papers at annual professional meetings, and his co-authored paper, “Olympic Cities: Lessons Learned from Mega-events Politics,” won the 2000 Urban Affairs Association Conference Best Paper Award. (It is also published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, vol. 23, no. 2, 2001.) Andranovich received his B.A. in business and public administration from the University of Virginia—College at Wise; M.A. in economics from George Mason University; and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

The Winter Olympics 2002 at Salt Lake City, Utah, will begin with an open ceremony on Friday, February 8, and will run through Sunday, February 24.

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To schedule an interview with Professor Andranovich, contact the Cal State L.A. Office of Public Affairs at (323) 343-3050.


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