Entertain and govern : from Sochi 2014 to FIFA 2018

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Bibliographic Details
Title translated into German:Unterhalten und führen : von Sotschi 2014 zur FIFA 2018
Author:Makarychev, Andrey; Yatsyk, Alexandra
Published in:Problems of Post-Communism
Published:65 (2018), 2 (The Beautiful Game in Russia: The Politics of the 2018 World Cup), S. 115-128, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource Electronic resource (online)
ISSN:1075-8216, 1557-783X
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Identification number:PU201803001864


The article looks at Russia’s international sports politics from two different perspectives. The authors discuss sport mega-events as instruments of legitimizing the existing regime and stabilizing its foundations. They argue that, due to mega-events, the Russian state has found itself under persistent external pressures from international organizations, and has had to react to them and adjust its legal norms and policy practices accordingly. The key argument of the article is that both elements of the puzzle can be approached as central elements of governmentality.