Legalising Drugs: Debates and Dilemmas

Legalising Drugs: Debates and Dilemmas

by Philip Bean


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Legalising Drugs: Debates and Dilemmas by Philip Bean

Government policy has steadfastly been set against drug legalisation, but increasingly critics have argued that the present policy is unsustainable. Legalising drugs: Debates and dilemmas is a timely and much-needed examination of some of the issues surrounding this matter.

Numerous suggestions have been offered. Some seek complete legalisation, such as the right to use recreational drugs without government interference, others offer a more modified form, yet still others want an increasing commitment to harm reduction policies.

Philip Bean examines these proposals, especially when set against claims that they will reduce crime. He does so in terms of their implications for individual users, especially juveniles, and for society in general. He concludes with the necessary questions that a rational drug policy must answer.

The book will be essential reading for students and academics in criminology, sociology and social policy, as well as policy makers, practitioners and the general public.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847423757
Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date: 01/06/2010
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Bean, Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Loughborough

Table of Contents

Preface vi

1 Introduction 1

2 Prohibition, economic liberalism and legal moralism 11

3 Harm reduction, medicalisation and decriminalisation 29

4 Legalisation and crime 59

5 The special problem of juveniles 85

6 The community, the personal and the commercial 105

7 Some concluding thoughts 133

Bibliography 145

Name and subject index 153

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