A leading open-access journal (Cogent Social Sciences, published by Taylor & Francis) recently peer-reviewed and accepted my article 'The Olympic Bid Cycle as a Form of Irrational Investing: An Application of Minskyian Theory' for publication. The research represents a cutting-edge theoretical approach to asking why governments still choose to invest in hosting the Olympic Games when Games budgets overrun with 100% consistency (often by $bn's), and when taxpayers are then inevitably left with the bill. Legacy goals are rarely met and forecast boosts in tourism usually fail to materialise. Corruption is often rife, yet despite this, national governments remain bombastic about investing significant funds into host city bids. This paper sheds valuable, new conceptual light on the rationale for this irrational practice and, for the first time, argues for a conceptualisation of the Olympic bid cycle as a classic form of irrational investing. Doing so offers an opportunity to positively impact future policy and practice. Publishing in an open-access journal makes the research available to everyone, free of charge.
I believe passionately in the open-access model of journal publications - making cutting-edge research available, for free, to anyone and everyone that wishes to make use of it. This creates a more informed, educated society. In todays post-truth world, I believe there has never been a more important time to share our knowledge and fight misinformation, lies and agenda-fuelled rhetoric.
As an independent researcher and author, I am able to remain independent in what I research and where I choose to share it. But the open-access model needs funding sources, including a contribution from the author (the publisher Taylor & Francis will then meet the cost of publishing, marketing and distributing the article as part of a Special Olympic Edition). As I have no institution to fund me, I need your help to fund the £320 author contribution (NB. The publisher has already waived 75% of the original fee, has peer-reviewed and accepted the article).
This is a great way of getting great research out there. If you help to Crowdfund the publishing of this research article, you would be supporting academic innovation that might concretely affect future policy & practice, add to debates, raise questions, and add significantly to knowledge. I will not recieve a penny of this - it will go straight to the publishing costs of the article.
A little about my background: I am author of three books, published by Taylor & Francis, the worlds' leading academic publisher ('Leadership: A Critical Introduction': Routledge, 2014; 'Charismatic Leadership: The Role of Charisma in the Global Financial Crisis': Routledge, 2015, 2016; and 'The Physiology of Irrational Investing: Causes & Solutions': Routledge, In Press). I was awarded a PhD from Loughborough University in 2006 and am currently the Research Officer for British Mensa.
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