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Gambling Regulation and Vulnerability

Malgorzata A. Carran

Since the UK Gambling Act of 2005 was introduced, gambling has stopped being seen, politically and legally as an inherent vice and is now viewed as a legitimate form of entertainment. Gambling Regulation and Vulnerability explores the laws around gambling that aim to protect society and individuals, examining the differences between regulatory rhetoric and the impact of legislative and regulatory measures. Malgorzata Carran finds that although the Gambling Act introduced many positive changes to gambling regulation, it has created an environment in which protection of vulnerable individuals becomes difficult. Carran challenges the existing legislative premise that regulation alone is able to balance the effect of liberalisation for those who are vulnerable.
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Malgorzata A. Carran

Gambling constitutes an inherent part of the British cultural landscape, but due to its potential to cause significant detriment it remains controversial. The Gambling Act 2005 liberalised the UK gambling industry and created an environment where commercial gambling, although regulated, can be offered within a relatively free market and stimulated by advertising. The task of the law is to provide a framework where the need for customer choice and the respect for private liberties can be adequately balanced with the duty to protect vulnerable individuals. This discourse discusses the implications of the new regime on the protection of minors and other vulnerable groups. It uniquely combines legal doctrinal analysis with empirical evidence collected from a sample of British school pupils to expose the impact that liberalisation has on them.

Malgorzata Anna Carran

September 2017