Posted by: olymponomics | February 19, 2012

Unanticipated consequences and Olympic risks

The claim that the network of designated Olympic VIP lanes pose a risk to public health points towards the potential for unanticipated consequences in planning of such large scale events – as the specific requirements of delivering the event put a strain on other routine aspects of infrastructure and services. At the same time, it is yet another example of the periodic scare stories that emerge during the run-up to such a major event, which in turn can lead to mitigating actions — meaning that these predictions of adverse consequences can become self-defeating. This can hamper predictions concerning the probability of a defined event as well as the cost-benefit calculus associated with seeking to prevent it.

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