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Esben Houborg & Bagga Bjerge

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 11: Drug Policy in Practice

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Drug Policy in Practice
Drug policy in practice
Esben HouborgBagga Bjerge
Introduction

In this chapter, we present a policy in practice approach, which is an approach to analyze and understand drug policies that have gained increasing ground within the past decade amongst drug policy researchers. This approach is especially inspired by research within the fields of sociology and anthropology. While there is much research on how policies shape practice, there is less knowledge about policy as practice, which can answer questions about the kinds of activities policy making entails, and what policy makers do (cf. Freeman et al., 2011). We begin with briefly presenting how drug policies have most commonly been analyzed within the drug field. Subsequently, we go into details with the policy in practice approach, ...

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