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"Public health and European integration: A difficult match"

Kurzer, Paulette. (2001) "Public health and European integration: A difficult match". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    A new division is appearing between national government agencies, which try to shun outright prohibitionist drug control policy in favor of harm reduction or risk minimization strategies, and the Commission whose principal focus is demand-reduction or supply-suppression. The conclusion of this paper is therefore that it is perhaps preferable if the Community domain remains underdeveloped because it privileges repression over therapeutic intervention just when member states are moving into the direction of recognizing the futility of eradicating a youth culture, which partly revolves around illicit drug-taking. The organization of this paper will illustrate and elaborate this argument. In the first part, I explain why public health (under which drugs and infectious diseases fall) reflects typical national values and gives rise to different policy strategies. Then, I describe the current sate of affairs at the European level with special emphasis on the drug policy field. In the third section, I revisit the present situation in the member states to argue that public health measures and policy norms increasingly converge. The conclusion takes a second look at the tension between fresh Community developments and the new popularity of harm reduction strategies among the member states.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public health policy (including global activities)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2006
    Page Range: p. 20
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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