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Drug Wars and Coffeehouses – The Political Economy of the International Drug – David R. Mares (2006)

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“Drug Wars and Coffeehouses: The Political Economy of the International Drug Trade” by David R. Mares (2006) offers a compelling analysis of the intricate dynamics surrounding the global drug trade. Mares delves into the economic, political, and social factors that shape the production, distribution, and consumption of illicit drugs on an international scale. Through meticulous research and insightful commentary, he explores how drug trafficking networks operate, the role of governments and law enforcement agencies, and the impact of drug-related activities on societies and economies worldwide. Additionally, Mares examines the interplay between drug production and other industries, such as agriculture and finance, shedding light on the complex connections that fuel the drug trade. With nuanced perspectives and compelling evidence, “Drug Wars and Coffeehouses” provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of one of the most pressing issues facing the global community today.

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Drug Wars and Coffeehouses – The Political Economy of the International Drug – David R. Mares (2006)

“Drug Wars and Coffeehouses: The Political Economy of the International Drug Trade” by David R. Mares (2006) offers a compelling analysis of the intricate dynamics surrounding the global drug trade. Mares delves into the economic, political, and social factors that shape the production, distribution, and consumption of illicit drugs on an international scale. Through meticulous research and insightful commentary, he explores how drug trafficking networks operate, the role of governments and law enforcement agencies, and the impact of drug-related activities on societies and economies worldwide. Additionally, Mares examines the interplay between drug production and other industries, such as agriculture and finance, shedding light on the complex connections that fuel the drug trade. With nuanced perspectives and compelling evidence, “Drug Wars and Coffeehouses” provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of one of the most pressing issues facing the global community today.

An international policy issue awash in myths, moral inconsistencies, social prejudices, and political rhetoric, it’s no wonder students find the international drug trade an alluring topic to study and discuss. With his brief and engaging new book, David Mares explores the reasons why there is so much disagreement among nations about which policies are most appropriate to address drug production, distribution, and trade. From the more tolerant Coffeeshop style policies of the Netherlands which focus on public health concerns to the United States’ just-say-no drug war approach, nations frame and seek to resolve these issues in very different ways and with different levels of success.

This variation creates a host of global cooperation and policy coordination problems, making Drug Wars and Coffee Houses an ideal supplement for giving students an opportunity to apply the larger themes of any political economy course to a substantive policy area. A compelling framework focusing on political economic ideas and analysis shows students how leaders and policymakers need to understand the drug trade as a full-blown commodity system if they are to impact its different segments. As he discusses drug production, consumption, distribution, and money laundering, Mares carefully shows what insights micro political economic, realist, constructivist, and social deviant perspectives each bring to bear on the problem.

And, through the book’s use of extended case studies, this text offers students an inside look at a complex and fascinating policy area, from Sweden’s attempts to enforce drug-war style policies to the UK’s movement towards decriminalisation, to the responses of such international organisations as the United Nations and the European Union. A comprehensive bibliography of websites, articles, and book-length studies points to further research on the topic, while class-tested research and study questions for each chapter will jumpstart class discussions and projects.

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Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 23x16x2 cm
Pages: 186
First edition: Yes
Publisher: SAGE Publications INC International Concept
Year: 2006
ISBN: 9781568028620
Weight: 300 grams
Condition: Very good

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