Political Influence In The Olympic Games

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POL 101 Research Proposal
Manuel R. Garcia

Propaganda and Political Influence in the Olympic Games: how much political influence do these games have on our lives?

How do nations use the Olympic games as a means to facilitate political and economic benefits in their own nation?

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The Olympic games are without question the biggest and longest standing series of sporting events that has survived in our history. The games were always seen to be laden with political influence since their very emergence in our modern view with their origins in Athens, Greece. The stage in which the Olympics are held is the perfect catalyst for a country to demonstrate their abilities and nationalistic fervor, which can lead nations to acts of propaganda and political influence. This was seen through many stages in its history, especially during times of war as demonstrated during the early and late 20th century with the Second World War and the Cold War.

With such a large stage and almost a third of the world watching the events, nations take this advantage to showcase their home nation and demonstrate their power within a competition. This essay will answer the the following question: How do nations use the Olympic games as a means to facilitate political and economic benefits in their own nation? It will discuss the constructivist concept of politics during the Cold War with an account stemming from figure skating judging. In addition, there will be an examination of the

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