Skip to main content

Chance Developments: Bingo Regulation in Brazil?

Williams, Toni, Jobim, Maria Luiza (2017) Chance Developments: Bingo Regulation in Brazil? Análise Econômica, 35 . pp. 103-119. ISSN 0102-9924. E-ISSN 2176-5456. (doi:10.22456/2176-5456.70305) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:60141)

The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided. (Contact us about this Publication)
Official URL


Throughout the neoliberalism era states have adopted policies that are often – and aptly — analysed and critiqued by reference to gambling metaphors. But the ways that states have turned to gambling industries to generate income, support community projects and promote economic and social development have received much less attention in critical political economy and policy discussion. This oversight is striking because many non-Islamic states have overturned (or greatly attenuated) historic prohibitions on the provision of games of chance over the past couple of decades, and some have sponsored gambling industries and products to foster community regeneration and sustainable development. Brazil, a country known for strong competitive traditions in sports and gaming, creative approaches to community economic development, and an urgent need to strengthen its public finances, is a notable exception to this liberalisation trend. This stance is interesting because Brazil liberalised its gambling regime in 1993 to allow non-state providers to operate bingo games. Drawing on the case of bingo regulation this paper critically analyses challenges that the Brazilian state encountered when it sought to create an economy of non-state provision of gambling products in aid of social development and the conflicts that have ensued as it has re-imposed repression of bingos. The paper reports on desk research and interviews conducted for the Bingo Project, an ESRC-funded comparative research project that critically examines bingo regulation in different parts of the world.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.22456/2176-5456.70305
Uncontrolled keywords: Bingo regulation. Gambling regulation. Development. Brazil. Political economy. Policy discussions.
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 12:17 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:42 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Williams, Toni:
  • Depositors only (login required):