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1st Edition

The Politics of Narcotic Drugs
A Survey

Edited By

Julia Buxton

ISBN 9781857435016
Published February 18, 2011 by Routledge
342 Pages

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Book Description

THE POLITICS OF NARCOTIC DRUGS: A Survey aims to explore the complexities of the drugs trade, and the political challenges and opportunities that exist for more effective approaches to the issues involved. The various sections of this volume provide the reader with an insight into the numerous debates, histories and experiences of drugs and the drugs trade and, most importantly, highlight the fact that the policy challenges currently faced by societies and governments do not configure in a simplistic way around a pro- or anti-legalization discourse.

Contents include:

  • Essay chapters, written by specialists in the field, which demonstrate the diversity, scale and nature of the drug `problem’ and the importance of empirically informed, depoliticized responses. The first essays are international in focus, addressing the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Colombia and Mexico before turning to the institutional anti-drugs context in the United Kingdom. Thereafter, the chapters are more theoretically oriented, with the authors exploring the prohibition model, the relationship between drugs and insurgency, and reflections on principles and approaches that might be considered when exploring alternatives to the status quo.
  • A comprehensive cross-referenced A – Z Glossary of terms, organizations and issues with regard to drugs. Entries include caffeine, cocaine, Drug Enforcement Administration, mule, opium, UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and volatile substances.
  • Maps, charts and tables offering a wealth of information in graphic form. Maps include areas of cultivation of crops used for drugs, and statistics inform on production, seizures and prices of various narcotic drugs.

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

A – Z GLOSSARY  by Julia Buxton

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Julia Buxton is a Professor Comparative Politics at the School of Public Policy, Central European University and is a Senior Research Officer at the Global Drug Policy Observatory Global Drug Policy Observatory. She is a specialist on the trade in narcotic drugs, with publications that include ‘Alternative Development in Counter Narcotics Strategy: An Opportunity Lost’ in J. Tokatlian (ed.), Drugs and Prohibition: An Old War, A New Debate (2010); ‘A History of Drug Control’ in P. Keefer and N. Loayza (eds), Innocent Bystanders (2010); ‘The UK Drug Problem in Global Perspective’, Soundings (2009); and The Political Economy of Narcotic Drugs (2006).