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The Politics of Narcotic Drugs

A Survey

Edited by Julia Buxton

© 2011 – Routledge

342 pages

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About the Book

The Politics of Narcotic Drugs brings together leading experts on the drugs trade to provide an accessible yet detailed analysis of the multiple challenges that the contemporary trade in narcotic drugs and its prohibition pose, from the local to the international community.

Through the use of country and regional case studies that include Afghanistan, Mexico, Colombia and the Middle East, the drivers of the drugs trade and the security and development dilemmas created by the prohibition of narcotic substances are explored. Contributions that assess the international drug control regime, British anti-drug enforcement organizations, 'narcoterrorism' and options for drug policy reform engage readers in current debates and the narrative frameworks that shape discussion of the drugs issue. The book is an invaluable guide to the dynamic and far-reaching issue of narcotic drugs and the impact of their prohibition on our countries and communities.

The chapters are followed by an A-Z glossary of key terms, issues and organizations, and a section of maps and statistics.

Table of Contents



Levels of Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan, David Mansfield and Adam Pain

The Middle East and Illicit Drugs: A Forgotten Region? Philip Robins

The White Economy: Drugs, Poverty and Violent Conflict in Colombia, Jennifer Schirmer

A Tale of Two Countries: Drugs, Guns, Violence and the US-Mexico Border, Laurie Freeman

Understanding UK Drugs Policy: SOCA and the Enigma of Enforcement, Martin Elvins

The Politics of Drug Prohibition, Sue Pryce

Beyond `Narcoterrorism’: Illicit Drug Business and Terrorist Tactics in Armed Conflicts, Ekaterina Stepanova

The Principles for Rational Drug Policy Making, Steve Rolles

Drugs and Wellbeing: Prohibition’s Negative Impacts, Emily Crick


by Julia Buxton, including entries on issues, organizations, countries involved, and explanations of narcotic drugs


including maps showing areas of cultivation, and tables showing production and trade in narcotic drugs

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General