chapter  4
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Power shift: from national government to global governance?

Early the following morning Allan Harper-a street-wise, 13 year old Glasgow schoolboy-had been pronounced dead. Found in his favourite white ‘trackie suit’, in a flat on Startpoint Street, among the estates of the city’s Cranhill area, Allan had achieved an unfortunate notoriety as the youngest person to die of a heroin overdose in the United Kingdom. For Jacqueline, Allan’s grieving mother, Tony Blair’s announcement, at the 1998 G8 Birmingham Summit, of the most concerted global campaign ever mounted to combat the growing world trade in illicit narcotics, appeared mere rhetoric. On the outposts of the global heroin trade, in places such as Cranhill, it had been business as usual.