Legalising Drugs: Debates and Dilemmas

Legalising Drugs: Debates and Dilemmas

By: Philip Bean (author)

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

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Philip Bean is Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Loughborough and a former Director of the Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is the author/editor of numerous books and articles, mainly in the fields of drugs and crime and mental disorder and crime. He has held Visiting Professorships in Canada, the USA and Australia and was, from 2000 to 2005, an Associate of the General Medical Council. From 1993 to 1999 he was Secretary, and later President of the British Society of Criminology.


Introduction; Prohibition, economic liberalism and moral legalism; Harm reduction, medicalisation and decriminalisation; Legalisation and crime; The special problem of juveniles; The community, the personal and the commercial; Some concluding thoughts.

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/01/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781847423757
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9781847423757
  • weight: 181
  • ISBN10: 1847423752

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