The Economist on “Drugs and Drug Policy”

A very generous and fair-minded review.

The Economist, editorially a strong supporter of full drug legalization, offers a very generous and fair-minded review of Drugs and Drug Policy. The reviewer treats the book – a collaboration in the fullest sense of the term – as if it were mostly my work. In fact, it wasn’t clear until the last minute who was going to be listed as first author. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a word.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: