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Research Handbook on International Drug Policy
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Research Handbook on International Drug Policy

9781788117050 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by David R. Bewley-Taylor, Professor of International Relations and Public Policy and Director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea University, UK and Khalid Tinasti, Visiting Teaching and Research Fellow, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Executive Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Switzerland and Honorary Research Associate, Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea University, UK
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 705 0 Extent: 424 pp
Analysing arguably one of the most controversial areas in public policy, this pioneering Research Handbook brings together contributions from expert researchers to provide a global overview of the shifting dynamics of drug policy. Emphasising connections between the domestic and the international, contributors illustrate the intersections between drug policy, human rights obligations and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, offering an insightful analysis of the regional dynamics of drug control and the contemporary and emerging problems it is facing.

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Analysing arguably one of the most contested areas in public policy, this pioneering Research Handbook brings together contributions from a variety of researchers and practitioners to provide a global overview of the shifting dynamics of drug policy.

Chapters tackle a complex and cross-cutting issue from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives, incorporating political science, history, law and public health into their analyses. Emphasizing connections between the domestic and the international, this timely Research Handbook illustrates the intersections between drug policy, human rights obligations and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Integrating detailed discussion of ever-evolving drug markets, a diverse range of policy responses, and political and ideological tensions, the contributors offer an insightful analysis of the regional dynamics of drug control, its historic constructions, and the contemporary and emerging problems it is facing.

Aimed at researchers and students interested in drug policy, as well as policy-makers and practitioners at different levels of governance, the Research Handbook on International Drug Policy provides a much-needed comparative approach and will prove to be an essential resource for navigating the difficulties surrounding drug policy and control.
Critical Acclaim
‘At a critical time when drug laws are fundamentally starting to change from prohibition to regulation in a few countries, this book is timely and appropriate as it brings together a collection of writings of authors who not only cover the historical timespan of drug laws and the diversity of experience in different countries but do so in depth on the key issues in a style easily followed by the reader.’
– Anand Grover, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health (2008–2014)
Contributors
Contributors: J. Aldridge, M.J. Barratt, H. Bergeron, D.R. Bewley-Taylor, N. Burke-Shyne, J. Buxton, N. Carrier, R. Colson, O. Ditrych, A. Fordham, J.C. Garzón, M. Golichenko, C. Hallam, J. Hannah, J. Hasselgard-Rowe, J. Herrera Valderrábano, C. Hughes, G. Klantschnig, G. Lai, R. Lines, N. Maghsoudi, A. Marks, W.B. McAllister, F. Measham, K. Neill Harris, Z. Pearson, S. Rolles, A.M. Rueda, C. Sánchez Avilés, P. Shortis, Z. Snapp, C. Stoicescu, J. Tanguay, K. Tinasti, D. Werb
Contents
Contents:

Foreword xiii
Hon. Louise Arbour

Introduction: international drug policy in an era of growing complexity, challenge
and tension xvi
David R. Bewley-Taylor and Khalid Tinasti

PART I HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL DRUG CONTROL
1 Foundations of the international drug control regime: nineteenth century
to the Second World War 2
William B. McAllister
2 The evolution of international drug control under the United Nations 19
Constanza Sánchez-Avilés and Ondrej Ditrych
3 Drug consumers and the formation of the international drug control apparatus 38
Christopher Hallam

PART II THE GEOSPATIAL DIMENSIONS OF DRUG POLICY
4 North American drug policy: American and Canadian developments
from the early twentieth century to today 54
Katharine Neill Harris
5 Latin America and the Caribbean: complicity and legacy of a long war 72
Juan Carlos Garzón and Ana María Rueda
6 Western and Central Europe: towards a cohesive model for drug policies? 94
Renaud Colson and Henri Bergeron
7 Documenting human rights violations is not enough to reform archaic
drug policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 113
Mikhail Golichenko
8 Drug policy in Africa: a history of global and regional dynamics 131
Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig
9 Drug use, policies and prohibition in Muslim countries 145
Khalid Tinasti
10 Drug policy in Asia: the origins and extremities of prohibition 163
Gloria Lai and Claudia Stoicescu
11 The changing tides of drug consumption, supply and drug policy in Oceania 185
Amber Marks and Caitlin Hughes

PART III EMERGING TENSIONS WITHIN THE UN DRUG
CONTROL SYSTEM AND BEYOND
12 The rise and fall of the “drug free world” narrative 206
Steve Rolles
13 Drug control and human rights: parallel universes, universal parallels 225
Julie Hannah and Rick Lines
14 Public health and international drug control: harm reduction and access
to controlled medicines 248
Jennifer Hasselgard-Rowe, Naomi Burke-Shyne and Ann Fordham
15 Drugs and development: drug policies and the Global South 265
Julia Buxton
16 Bolivia, coca, culture and colonialism 283
Zoe Pearson
17 Regulating cannabis in Uruguay, the United States and Canada: is
a social justice framework possible? 301
Zara Snapp and Jorge Herrera Valderrábano

PART IV FUTURE CHALLENGES
18 The search for new drug policy metrics 325
Nazlee Maghsoudi, Justine Tanguay and Dan Werb
19 The NPS imposters, merging and emerging drug markets and the
contribution of drug checking 341
Fiona Measham
20 Drug cryptomarket futures: structure, function and evolution in response
to law enforcement actions 355
Patrick Shortis, Judith Aldridge and Monica J. Barratt

Index 381

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