Abstract and Keywords
Policy contests over gambling have turned to issues of problem gamblers, economic development, and ancillary crime. This article discusses the scope and scale of legal gambling in the United States and examines various issues during this history, contextualizing U.S. treatment with continued toleration of gambling and its flourish in illegal forms. It details current forms of legal gambling and its symbolism. The article provides a critiques of legal gambling together with analyses of their salience and success in current discussions and legalization efforts. It presents a number of unresolved issues in the legalization of gambling, including the capacity of communications technology to change the forms of gambling. Due to the role of the state in allowing and promoting gambling, the progress of gambling in all these dimensions has been uncoupled from other victimless crimes.
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