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Released February 21, 2003


LONG BEACH -- A political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast explores state policies behind casinos in her newly published book, The Big Gamble: The Politics of Lottery and Casino Expansion. "What is unique about this book is that I am trying to get behind the motives of the expansion of gambling, because I don't think state policy-makers have thought about all of the consequences carefully," said Dr. Denise von Herrmann, assistant professor and chair of the Southern MissGC Division of Arts and Sciences.

In the book, published by Praegar Publishing of Westport, Conn., Dec. 20, 2002, von Herrmann examines the expansion of legal gambling within a framework of seven key issues: who are the participants; what are their expectations and beliefs; how, when, and where do they interact; what resources do they possess; what strategies do they employ; what specific benefits do they expect to achieve; and what are some of the longer-term consequences of the outcomes of this policy.

"This book is intended for anyone interested in studying public policy, specifically state policy – why states are choosing gambling and the condition of those states," von Herrmann said.

For more information about this book, contact von Herrmann at (228) 865-4511.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM