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Anyone visiting London at the moment cannot help but notice the impact of a “mega-event” on the host city. The recently published book,Security Games edited by Colin J. Bennett and Kevin D. Haggerty (Routledge, 2011) addresses the impact of these events on wider practices of security and surveillance.

“Mega-Events” such as the Olympic Games pose peculiar and extensive security challenges. The overwhelming imperative is that nothing should go wrong. There are, however, almost an infinite number of things that can “go wrong”. This produces the perceived need for an ever expanding range of security measures – including extensive levels of surveillance.

These security measures are delivered by a security/industrial complex eager to showcase the latest technologies and prove they can deliver spectacular levels of security to protect the brand image of the...

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