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NCJ Number: 158374 Find in a Library
Title: Political Economy and Illegal Drugs in Colombia
Author(s): F E Thoumi
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 335
Sponsoring Agency: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55587-536-X
Sale Source: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc
1800 30th Street, Suite 314
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book develops an alternative interpretation of the social, economic, and political changes in Colombia that have been accompanied by the pervasive growth of an illegal psychoactive drugs industry.
Abstract: The first part of the book addresses Colombia's economic development and its political economy. This section analyzes Colombia's post-World War II economic development, so as to understand the profound social and economic changes in the country and the reasons that economic policies were formulated and implemented. The author's explanation of what has happened in Colombia differs from mainstream economics on the one hand and from traditional theorizing of the political left on the other hand. This alternative interpretation views political and economic variables as parts of an interactive whole. The author links political party development, the characteristics of the development process, the prevalence of violence in Colombia, and other socioeconomic variables. The second and third parts of the book discuss the illegal psychoactive drugs industry. Part 2 summarizes what is known about the illegal drugs industry in Colombia -- its history, structure, entrepreneurs, size, and government policies -- and develops a theory to explain why the marijuana industry burgeoned in Colombia in the early 1970's, to be followed by cocaine refining. Part 3 addresses the impact of the illegal drugs industry on Colombia and the policy alternatives open to the Colombian government to relieve some of the Nation's distress. The impact of the drug industry on the economy is analyzed, addiction theories are surveyed, and an evaluation of supply and consumption control policies is provided. 294-item bibliography, a subject index, and a glossary
Main Term(s): Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Colombia; Economic analysis of crime; Political influences
Note: From the series Studies on the Impact of the Illegal Drug Trade, Volume Two.
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