Rethinking illicit economies in opium and cocaine: policy responses to drug crops in the Global South

"This book investigates the cross-border trade in illicit drug crops in the global south. It exposes an important paradox: Despite all the dangers and negative consequences of these criminal networks, in many cases, they also provide marginalised and excluded communities with important private...

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Main Author: Gutierrez, Eric D. U. (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: London New York Routledge 2024
In:Year: 2024
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Summary:"This book investigates the cross-border trade in illicit drug crops in the global south. It exposes an important paradox: Despite all the dangers and negative consequences of these criminal networks, in many cases, they also provide marginalised and excluded communities with important private sources of protection, investment, and employment. This book reconstructs and compares socioeconomic contexts, criminal careers, and changes in farmgate prices of illicit coca and opium poppy crops in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Colombia, and Bolivia. It investigates the politics of strange bedfellows; informal bankers-without-suits providing cross-border financial services to the undocumented and the unbanked; the criminals without borders; and the mystery of illicit crop prices. The book challenges commonly held assumptions and casts new light on how relationships of conflict and accommodation are arranged and re-arranged in fluid, ever-changing contexts, producing often paradoxical outcomes. It then suggests policy reforms and alternative approaches to drug policy, development aid, and peacebuilding work. Researchers and students across development, peacebuilding, illicit economies, and conflict studies will find this book an important source of original research and analysis. It will also be useful for politicians, commentators and public officials considering what to do differently in tackling illicit drug economies"--
Physical Description:xvi, 267 Seiten Illustrationen
ISBN:9781032500393
9781032500416