Title

Political and legal institutions and their influence on drug policy: an Australian perspective

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Place of Publication

Sydney

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

5842

Comments

This article was originally published as

Ryder, D., & Ryder, D. (2008). Political and legal institutions and their influence on drug policy: an Australian perspective. Drug and alcohol review,27(4), 374-379.

Original article available here

Abstract

Issues. Under a federal system of government, political power is separated and distributed between different institutions of government. The distribution of power to enact policies that influence alcohol and other drug use can impact on the associated harm. Approach. A description of the separation of powers under a federal system of government is followed by three case studies of alcohol and other drug policies which have been influenced by the use of power by different institutions of government. Key findings. Whether or not a policy is enacted depends upon who has the power to bring such a policy into being, who has the power to prevent its enactment and whether those with such power choose to use them. Conclusion. The enactment of policy is a political act, needing to be understood by those wishing to see evidence-based policies brought into being. An understanding of the separation of powers under a federal system of government is one aspect of the political process that those who work in the alcohol and other drug field need to understand.

DOI

10.1080/09595230802090774

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/09595230802090774