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Drug War Pathologies

Embedded Corporatism and U.S. Drug Enforcement in the Americas

Horace A. Bartilow (author)

ISBN: 9781469652559

Publication Date: Jul 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Develops a theory of embedded corporatism to explain the US government's war on drugs. Drawing government documents, and econometric estimators, Horace Bartilow demonstrates how corporate power is projected and embedded in lobbying, financing of elections, funding of think tanks, and interlocks with the federal government and the military.
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In this book, Horace Bartilow develops a theory of embedded corporatism to explain the U.S. government's war on drugs. Stemming from President Richard Nixon's 1971 call for an international approach to this "war," U.S. drug enforcement policy has persisted with few changes to the present day, despite widespread criticism of its effectiveness and of its unequal effects on hundreds of millions of people across the Americas. While researchers consistently emphasize the role of race in U.S. drug enforcement, Bartilow's empirical analysis highlights the class dimension of the drug war and the immense power that American corporations wield within the regime.

Drawing on qualitative case study methods, declassified U.S. government documents, and advanced econometric estimators that analyze cross-national data, Bartilow demonstrates how corporate power is projected and embedded�in lobbying, financing of federal elections, funding of policy think tanks, and interlocks with the federal government and the military. Embedded corporatism, he explains, creates the conditions by which interests of state and nonstate members of the regime converge to promote capital accumulation. The subsequent human rights repression, illiberal democratic governments, antiworker practices, and widening income inequality throughout the Americas, Bartilow argues, are the pathological policy outcomes of embedded corporatism in drug enforcement.
Illustrations 9 drawings, 18 graphs, 28 tables
Pages 320
Dimensions 235 x 155
Date Published 30 Jul 2019
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Crime & criminology   Diplomacy  
Horace Bartilow, associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, is the author of The Debt Dilemma.

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