Compromising the public good? : Civil society as beneficiary of gambling revenue

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Egerer , M D , Kankainen , V E & Hellman , C M E 2018 , ' Compromising the public good? Civil society as beneficiary of gambling revenue ' , Journal of Civil Society , vol. 14 , no. 3 , 1744-8689 , pp. 207-221 . https://doi.org/10.1080/17448689.2018.1496306

Title: Compromising the public good? : Civil society as beneficiary of gambling revenue
Author: Egerer, Michael Dieter; Kankainen, Veera Emilia; Hellman, Carin Matilda Emelie
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, University Management
Date: 2018-08-14
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Journal of Civil Society
ISSN: 1744-8689
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/238896
Abstract: Profits from legal gambling are often channelled to good causes. This system embeds the predicament of whether citizens' potentially problematic gambling activities should be a source of funding for the public good. In this article, this dilemma is unfolded by the receivers of public grants that stem from gambling revenues. A total of twenty-three representatives of Civil Society Organizations were interviewed as beneficiaries of the Finnish state-owned gambling monopolies. The article illustrates explicit dependencies and hidden ethical dilemmas, suggesting that CSOs may have limited possibilities of making ethically consistent decisions in view of the origin of their funding.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
gambling
civil society
key informant interviews
public good
public grant
policy
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