Responsible gambling: Conceptual considerations

Abstract

The objective of this article is to generate greater conceptual clarity about the expression ‘‘responsible gambling,’’ and especially to disentangle moral claims from empirical ones. It is argued that adopted moral perspectives, as opposed to empirical evidence, more often act to influence current policies. Accordingly, it is important to increase awareness of the underlying perspectives being applied by those advocating for specific types of responsible gambling policies—that is, prohibitionist, restrictive, or libertarian. We offer this article with the hope that this will contribute to dissolving some obstacles in the way of more coherent public policy in relation to gambling generally and, especially, to addictive or otherwise disordered gambling. This article should facilitate more effective practices that can minimize the harms caused by excessive gambling

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