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Description - Drug Wars and Coffeehouses by David R. Mares

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 coffee house 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 decriminalization, to the responses of such international organizations as the United Nations and the European Union. A comprehensive bibliography of websites, articles, and book length studies point 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781568028620
ISBN-10: 1568028628
Format: Paperback
(224mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 157
Imprint: CQ Press
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David R. Mares

David R. Mares is Professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor at The Graduate School of International Relations/Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Previously, he has been Professor of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales at El Colegio de Mexico, Fulbright Professor at the Universidad de Chile and Visiting Professor at FLACSO-Ecuador. Professor Mares is the author of three books, Penetrating the International Market (also published in Spanish); Violent Peace: Militarized Interstate Bargaining in Latin America; Coming in From the Cold: Chile-United States Relations at the Millenium (with Francisco Rojas); and editor of Civil-Military Relations: Building Democracy and Regional Security in Latin America, Southern Asia and Central Europe. His publications have appeared in English, Spanish, French and Chinese in journals such as Comparative Politics, International Organization, Latin American Research Review, Foro Internacional, Estudios Internacionales and Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad and he has served on the editorial board of Latin American Research Review. Professor Mares has been a member of the international advisory boards of the Instituto Latinoamericano de Relaciones Civiles-Militares (based in Peru) and the Center for US-Mexico Studies at UCSD, and prepared reports for the Carnegie Foundation, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, as well as the Arias Foundation for Human Progress and Development.

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