Cocaine in the Americas: an assessment of mutual dependency

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Duby, Brad Robert Alfred
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University of Guelph

This is an examination of the cocaine trade in the Americas and the dependency by both those involved in the trade, and politicians and law makers. Drug trafficking has a strong economic impact, has become entrenched in the rural economies of the Andean countries, and effects the international system. Therefore the processes, influence, and structure of drug trafficking deserves more attention. This thesis uses a systematic approach and looks at drug trafficking as an embryonic regime. The second chapter deals with problems associated in using regime theory to describe drug trafficking. The third chapter presents a brief history of the cocaine trade, using the 1980's cocaine boom as a starting point. The history shows there is an economically rational reason for participation in drug trafficking. The fourth chapter outlines the different processes and culture surrounding the drug trade. The dependency of both traffickers and politicians is explored here, as is the paradox of how drug trafficking benefits from the state system yet states seek it elimination. The final chapter looks at current prescriptions to the drug problem and places them in a new context.

cocaine trade, Americas, drug trafficking, economic impact, rural economy, embryonic regime, regime theory, participation, dependency, traffickers, politicians