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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1744-8689
JournalJournal of Civil Society
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)207-221
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • gambling
  • civil society
  • key informant interviews
  • public good
  • public grant
  • policy

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