chapter  8
14 Pages

The Politics of Sin

This study of the politics of drug policy had two major objectives-one theoretical and one substantive. The theoretical objective was to unify the study of public policy within political science by using a single theory to guide a descriptive historical study, a quantitative historical study, and a quantitative cross-sectional analysis. Policies affecting both alcohol and illicit drugs were examined in this manner. The substantive objective was to compile some generalizations about the politics of drug policy and to evaluate the effectiveness of those policies. How well these objectives have been met can be gleaned from the theoretical and substantive conclusion sections at the end of each chapter~ Little value would accrue from repeating those findings; rather, this chapter will address some more general issues that have not been adequately discussed in previous chapters.