What is special about gambling? : A comparison of public discourse on Finnish state monopolies in rail traffic, gambling, and alcohol

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Marionneau , V & Hellman , M 2020 , ' What is special about gambling? A comparison of public discourse on Finnish state monopolies in rail traffic, gambling, and alcohol ' , Critical Gambling Studies , vol. 1 , no. 1 , pp. 40-49 . https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs43

Title: What is special about gambling? : A comparison of public discourse on Finnish state monopolies in rail traffic, gambling, and alcohol
Author: Marionneau, Virve; Hellman, Matilda
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
University of Helsinki, University Management
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Critical Gambling Studies
ISSN: 2563-190X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319283
Abstract: Finnish state monopolies have been in a state of change during the mid-2010s. This paper focuses on the developments of the alcohol retail, railroad and gambling sectors during this period by analysing media texts (N=143) from 2014 to 2017 and with the concepts of Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Framework (MSF). Results show how the convergence of politics, policies and problematizations opened policy windows for government initiatives to liberalize alcohol retail and railroad traffic markets while consolidating the gambling monopoly. The differing outcomes are surprising given that they all took place under the same liberal right-wing government, as well as under obligations to dismantle monopolies in the European Union and in accordance with international commerce treaties. The explanation unfolds by looking at the stakeholders and their justifications. Differing outcomes also reflect the varying trajectories through which the policy processes proceeded, although they seem to conclude with consensus and at least a semblance of agreement between the different parties when a decision is reached. The study gives insight into how state monopolies are negotiated in contemporary Europe.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
gambling studies
comparative studies
monopolies
public discussion
gambling
Finland
EU
alcohol
railroads
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