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NCJ Number: 157834 Find in a Library
Title: Political Economy and Growth in the Drug Laws of New York State, 1871-1957
Author(s): M A Romano
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
New York, NY 10010
Sale Source: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
71 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines New York's drug laws in terms of the dynamics of the political economy in the State; the author argues that conflict and power formulate law and that law is a mechanism actively developed by powerful elites to establish and maintain dominance over others.
Abstract: Legal development has been viewed by some primarily as a semiautonomous process; that is, both the legal tradition and society shape law. The analysis of New York's drug laws, however, focuses on legal development as a nonautonomous process in the political economy context. While several studies have explored law and the political economy, few if any have dealt specifically with drug laws. The current study examines major growth trends in New York's drug laws during the 1871-1975 period. Historical developments during this period act as points of reference in reflecting the emergence of a powerful elite whose rise to power is correlated with changes in New York's drug laws. These changes tended to be of a punitive nature, as exemplified by a more stringent drug law enforcement policy and stronger regulations on drug distribution and use. 45 references, 19 footnotes, and 8 tables
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug regulation; Drug use; Economic influences; History of criminal justice; New York; Political influences; State laws
Note: DCC. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 50th Anniversary Meeting, November 20-23, 1991, San Francisco, California.
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