The Olympic motto ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger!’ is applicable to athletes, but for states, a more effective motto would be “Size, Wealth, Authoritarianism!”
Economists Andrew Bernard and Daniel Johnson have investigated why some countries achieve more success than others at international sports competitions and their research shows that general success at the Olympic Games is influenced by several political and economic factors at once.
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