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Drugs, Law and the State

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ISBN13: 9789622093096
ISBN: 9622093094
Published: December 1992
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Format: paperback (C format)
Price: £13.00

""Drugs, Law and the State"" is based on the notion that drug control policy largely reflects the society in which it is found. And just as the nations of the world vary politically, economically and culturally, so do they vary in their laws regarding the production, distribution and consumption of psychotropic drugs. The nine essays contained in this book, written by scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia, aim to provide an in-depth examination of a number of socio-legal developments over the past decades. Taken as a whole, the contributors assume that modern drug control policies are explained best by theories that emphasize the role of ideology, legitimacy and history. Among the topics covered are the legacy of America's prohibition of alcohol; international drug trade; the ""war on drugs"" and moral imperialism; the subservience of drug control policy to foreign policy; and the likelihood of more rational approaches to the formulation of drug policy.

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Part 1 Drug Control Policy and the State: State-Organised Crime - Drugs, Law, and the National Interest, William J. Chambliss; Illicit Drugs and Social Control in Scandinavia - A Case Study in International Moral Entrepreneurship, Jorgen Jepsen; Drugs and the Law in Post-Franco Spain, Acel R. Reeg; Finnish Drug Control Policy - Change and Accommodation, Ahti Laitinen.
Part 2 The Political Economy of Drugs: The Chinese Laundry - International Drug Trafficking and Hong Kong's Banking Industry, Mark S. Gaylord; The Yakuza and Amphetamine Use in Japan, Masayuki Tamura; The Organized Crime/Drug Connection - National and International Perspectives, Ernesto U. Savona; Opium Policy and Colonial Relations in Hong Kong, 1841-1945, Harold Traver.
Part 3 Future Directions: Drugs and the Law - Where We Stand and What We Can Do, John F. Galliher.