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The Culture of Gambling in Great Britain: Legislative and Social Change

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This chapter examines some social and cultural perspectives on gambling in Great Britain. It traces the changing culture of gambling in Britain between two landmark pieces of legislation: the 1968 Gaming Act and the 2005 Gambling Act, the latter of which came into force in September 2007. The chapter examines the introduction of a National Lottery in 1994 initiated a process of piecemeal market deregulation. It examines the hostile public reception to the proposed legislation, and the way that this forced the government to change certain aspects of it: most notably, the plans for Regional casino developments. In the past fifteen years, the culture of gambling in Britain has been characterised by change: by a proliferation of gambling opportunities and a gradual expansion of the market.

Keywords: 1968 Gaming Act; 2005 Gambling Act; gambling; Great Britain; National Lottery



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