Submission Type

Presentation

Submission Title

Regulating the Gaming Industry Across Time and Place

Session Title

Session 2-2-C: Consumer Protection

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

29-5-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

29-5-2019 12:25 PM

Disciplines

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Other Legal Studies | Other Political Science | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

Abstract

By researching vice, socio-legal scholars learn about the move from a relatively simple prohibitory approach to a complicated regulatory process that that must redefine the behavior and draw new boundaries between what is legal and illegal. As behaviors become legal, a struggle ensues to determine whether they are morally acceptable and how to control potential harms. The gambling industry provides an example of such issues, and its proliferation across the globe makes it important to understand the role of state agents in preventing or intervening in harm. Prior research has neglected the study of gambling regulators’ roles in responding to the violations of gambling licensees.

The current paper is a comparative historical analysis examining how gaming regulators in two jurisdictions (Las Vegas and Atlantic City) have handled violations of laws by gambling providers. Using archival data, we investigate whether and how the adopted regulatory approach influences (and is influenced by) existing jurisdictional constraints and culture. This research has strong implications for regulators, including an emphasis on involving the public, policymakers, and the industry when deciding how to effectively protect consumers and further legitimize the industry.

Keywords

Regulation, Gambling, Responsive Regulation, Corporate Compliance

Author Bio

Dr. Melissa Rorie’s research interests are primarily in the field of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, but also include theory testing and research methodology. She is currently involved in a variety of projects that examine regulation and corporate compliance. Her research has been published in a variety of publications, including: Crime, Law and Social Change; Criminology & Public Policy; Criminal Justice Studies; Law & Policy; and UNLV’s Gaming Research and Review Journal.

Funding Sources

I am grateful to UNLV’s International Gaming Institute’s International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR) for their financial support for this project via the inaugural 2016 - 2017 Research Fellowship. The IGI had no influence on any aspect of the research, although Andre Wilsenach and Jennifer Roberts made helpful comments on the "Research in Brief" on which the presentation is based.

Competing Interests

I received the IGI International Center for Gaming Regulation's 2016 - 2017 Research Fellowship to conduct this research.

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May 29th, 11:00 AM May 29th, 12:25 PM

Regulating the Gaming Industry Across Time and Place

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

By researching vice, socio-legal scholars learn about the move from a relatively simple prohibitory approach to a complicated regulatory process that that must redefine the behavior and draw new boundaries between what is legal and illegal. As behaviors become legal, a struggle ensues to determine whether they are morally acceptable and how to control potential harms. The gambling industry provides an example of such issues, and its proliferation across the globe makes it important to understand the role of state agents in preventing or intervening in harm. Prior research has neglected the study of gambling regulators’ roles in responding to the violations of gambling licensees.

The current paper is a comparative historical analysis examining how gaming regulators in two jurisdictions (Las Vegas and Atlantic City) have handled violations of laws by gambling providers. Using archival data, we investigate whether and how the adopted regulatory approach influences (and is influenced by) existing jurisdictional constraints and culture. This research has strong implications for regulators, including an emphasis on involving the public, policymakers, and the industry when deciding how to effectively protect consumers and further legitimize the industry.