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European Drug Policies: The Ways of Reform

ISBN13: 9781138915206
Published: February 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The drug control regime established by the international community has not succeeded in curbing either the demand for, or the offer of, narcotics. But, despite a series of developments in the Americas - including the legalisation of cannabis in Uruguay, as well as in Colorado - there is still little support in Europe for repealing drug-prohibition laws. Nevertheless, a gradual policy convergence reveals the emergence of a European model favouring public-health strategies over a strictly penal approach to combating drugs; whilst growing trans-national support for legalisation indicates the persistence of an alternative paradigm for drug policy.

This book examines the various influences on drug policies in Europe: as the impetus for drug policy changes from grassroots movements, NGO networks, private foundations and academic research centres among others, are increasingly confronting the prevailing discourses of drug prohibition and criminalisation. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, and bringing together legal scholars, social scientists and practitioners, it provides a comprehensive, and critical, assessment of on drug policy reform in Europe.

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Foreword, Ruth Dreifuss
Introduction, Henri Bergeron & Renaud Colson

Part I. European Union Drug Policy The International Drug Control Treaties: What Legal Constraints on Europe? Christine Guillain
Politics of Expertise and EU Drug Policy, Martin Elvins
Drug Policy in the European Union: A Path Towards Harmonization? Caroline Chatwin

Part II. National Policy Trajectories The Netherlands: Success and Vulnerability of a Policy of Tolerance Jean-Paul Grund
France: Political Immobilism in an Era of Punitiveness, Ivana Obradovic
Italy: Between Punishment and Welfare, Grazia Zuffa

Part III. Agents of Change in European Drug Policies Drug Policy Advocacy Organizations in Europe, Aileen O'Gorman
Cannabis Social Clubs as an Emerging Model of Cannabis Supply, Tom Decorte
Drug Use Monitoring in Europe and its impact on policy, Henri Bergeron and Paul Griffiths
Part IV. Trends and Perspectives for European Drug Policy Converging and Diverging Trend in European Drug Policies, Franz Trautmann
The Social Condition of Drug Policy Reform, Henri Bergeron
Towards Progressive Decriminalization, Renaud Colson

Afterword, Gary T. Marx