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Rethinking ‘flexibilities’ in the international drug control system — potential, precedents and models for reforms

Collins, John (2017) Rethinking ‘flexibilities’ in the international drug control system — potential, precedents and models for reforms. International Journal of Drug Policy. ISSN 0955-3959

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.12.014

Abstract

Much international drug policy debate centres on, what policies are permissible under the international drug treaties, whether member states are openly ‘breaching’ these treaties by changing national regulatory frameworks and shifting priorities away from a ‘war on drugs’ approach, and what ‘flexibility’ exists for policy reform and experimentation at national and local levels. Orthodox interpretations hold that the current system is a US-led ‘prohibition regime’ that was constructed in an extremely repressive and restrictive manner with almost no flexibility for significant national deviations. This paper challenges these orthodox interpretive frameworks and suggests no absolute and clear dichotomy between strict adherence and ‘breaches’ of the international treaties.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-jo...
Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: IGA: United States Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > United States Centre
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 12:02
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69223

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