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"Everything's Bubbling, But We Don't Know What the Ingredients Are" - Casino Politics and Policy in the Periphery

Julie E. Scott


With the global spread of commercial gambling, the casino industry is fast establishing itself in many of the world's peripheries - economically and politically marginal locations, simultaneously remote from, but dependent on metropolitan centres of finance and decision-making. Using the case of northern Cyprus, this paper examines the political and economic context of decisions by such peripheries to embark on casino tourism as a development strategy and explores some of the problems faced in attempting to regulate and control the sector. The paper suggests that it is the condition of dependency, rather than simple resource constraints, which is the major obstacle to establishing an adequate policy and regulatory framework.


casino tourism; dependency; periphery; policy; politics; northern Cyprus

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