Drug War Politics

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  • Copyright: 1996-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr on Demand

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We have written this book as much for concerned citizens as for specialists on public policy and the the drug problem. Our research has taught us that most Americans understand that drug problems are serious, that what we are doing is not working, and they are puzzled about why. Some are convinced that we need to be tougher, more determined, and more efficient. The policy has failed because of a lack of will and commitment--and those who say otherwise are defeatists.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
The Drug War Syndromep. 3
Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugsp. 9
The Collateral Damage of the War on Drugsp. 32
The Punitive Paradigm: The Early Struggles, 1900-1930p. 61
The Punitive Paradigm: Entrenchment and Challenge, 1930-1980p. 78
Presidential Drug Wars and the Narco-Enforcement Complexp. 102
Congress, the Electorate, and the Logic of Escalationp. 134
The Punitive Paradigm Revisitedp. 151
Paradigm Shiftsp. 179
Envisioning a Public-Health Paradigmp. 204
The Politics of Drug Reformp. 228
Afterwordp. 258
Appendix 1. Trends in Drug-Control Spendingp. 264
Appendix 2. Trends in Drug Pricesp. 265
Appendix 3. Trends in Drug Use and Its Consequencesp. 268
Notesp. 271
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 337
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