The gestation and birth of legislation prohibiting the sale of lottery tickets to Israeli minors: some social policy issues

  • authors:

    Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Belle Gavriel-Fried
  • published in

    : 2009
  • summary

    : As gambling becomes legalised and readily accessible, more youth are involved in this potentially harmful behaviour. As part of a harm-reduction approach, laws against the sale of lottery tickets to minors have been enacted in many jurisdictions. In October 2007, such a law was passed in Israel, seven years after the bill was first introduced in the Israeli parliament. This paper addresses the reasons why it took so long to pass this legislation. On the basis of archive documents from the Israeli parliament and articles in the press, the primary factors that may answer this question include ignorance of youth gambling as a legitimate phenomenon, opposition by some parts of the establishment and the gambling industry itself, as well as the absence of special interest groups. While this law only begins the movement in developing a responsible social policy for youth, recommendations for responsible social policy are provided.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
  • is part of a publication

    : International Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 9
  • issue

    : 2
  • copyright

    : © 2009 Informa plc
  • other publication details

    : aug. 2009
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 135 - end page: 149
  • keywords

    : gambling social policies , legislation , social policy , youth gambling
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