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The ‘Public Accountability Approach’: Suggestions for a Framework to Characterise, Compare, Inform and Evaluate Gambling Regulation


It is argued that the analytical comparison of gambling regulatory frameworks across jurisdictions requires the identification of salient dimensions to provide the basis for such. It is further suggested that governmental ‘conflict of interest’ might provide a useful dimension for such comparison, as operationalised by concomitant EGM harm and government dependence criteria. The same ‘conflict of interest’ criteria are then suggested as a guide for gambling regulation within single jurisdictions, this being named the ‘Public Accountability Approach.’ These points are discussed within broader reference to lines and webs of harm production within a public health analysis. Broader reference is also made to the proper role of government within contemporary democracy.

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  1. In their heuristic model, five dimensions of accessibility are referred to: legal, temporal, financial, geographic and symbolic.


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Borrell, J. The ‘Public Accountability Approach’: Suggestions for a Framework to Characterise, Compare, Inform and Evaluate Gambling Regulation. Int J Ment Health Addiction 6, 265–281 (2008).

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  • Gambling regulation
  • EGM
  • Conflict of interest
  • Public health
  • Precautionary principle
  • Accountability