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The European Union in Panglossian Stagnation

Chatwin, Caroline (2018) The European Union in Panglossian Stagnation. In: Klein, Axel and Stothard, Blaine, eds. Collapse of the Global Order on Drugs: From UNGASS 2016 to Review 2019. Emerald. ISBN 978-1-78756-488-6. (KAR id:67135)

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This chapter provides a critical exploration of the European Union’s impact on the UNGASS 2016 proceedings and Outcome document. It demonstrates that the ability to produce a European ‘common position’ ahead of the UNGASS debates represents a significant step forward in the ability to ‘speak with one voice’ in the global illicit drug policy arena, and has played an important role in ensuring key issues such as human rights and public health remain on the agenda. In highlights, however, a European failure to engage with issues such as the continuing suitability of the international drug conventions to preside over the current climate of drug policy innovation and experimentation, and the unintended consequences of a ‘war on drugs’ approach. Ultimately, therefore, it argues that these failures will hamper the development of a more progressive and effective global drug policy.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: UNGASS 2016; global drug policy; drug policy reform; European Union
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Caroline Chatwin
Date Deposited: 25 May 2018 15:13 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 14:42 UTC
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