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Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310747

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310747.001.0001

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Nudged into employment: lone parents and welfare reform

Nudged into employment: lone parents and welfare reform

(p.151) Ten Nudged into employment: lone parents and welfare reform
Social policies and social control

Mark Monaghan

Policy Press

A central premise of the drug strategies developed by successive governments over recent years is that so-called problematic drug users (PDUs) are responsible for large amounts of criminal activity in society. The main thrust of policy developments has been that if drug users could be treated either voluntarily or through compulsion then crime rates would decline. This represents a line of continuity over recent years in national drug policy formulation. Alongside this there have, however, been a number of recognisable changes, which relate primarily to the methods and means proposed for tackling the problem of drug-related crime. This chapter charts this development looking at what this means for current drug policy. As this is so, it is organised in the following way. The first section takes a critical look at the drugs-crime link that underpins contemporary drug policy, focusing on the political background to its realisation and the policies developed thereon. Moving on, discussion turns to the early drug strategy of New Labour and their crime-driven, but treatment-led policy and its accompanying promotion of methadone maintenance treatment. After this, a closer look at contemporary drug policy from New Labour to the Coalition is undertaken, paying close attention to how changes in drug policy are linked to broader changes in contemporary social policies, which in turn need to be considered alongside criminal justice policies to get a rounded view of the contemporary direction of UK drugs policy.

Keywords:   Drugs policy, Criminal justice policies, Drugs-crime link

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