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Concepts and policies directed at drug use i Denmark, Finland and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2016 (English)In: Concepts of Addictive Behaviours across Time and Place / [ed] Matilda Hellman, Virginia Berridge, Karen Duke, Alex Mold, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Nordic countries are often thought of in terms of social democratic welfare regimes with numerous shared cultural aspects. Based on research from Denmark, Finland, and Sweden, this chapter explores how historical developments, specific ways of constructing policies, and welfare institutions articulate specific conceptions of what drug-related issues are and how they should be managed in three seemingly very similar welfare states. The Nordic welfare states are often described as quite alike and fairly open and inclusive in their approach to welfare policies and concerns, but the chapter demonstrates that similar political systems adopt different policy responses to similar conditions. To explore the similarities and differences, we are inspired by the analytical concepts of policy space and political rationalities; we use this approach to provide an overview of drug policy history in the three countries and present a closer examination of the topics of sanctions against drug users, coercive treatment, and substitution treatment nationally as well as cross-nationally.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Keyword [en]
drug problems, treatment, policy space, Nordic welfare states
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Substance Abuse Sociology
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137705DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737797.003.0003ISBN: 9780198737797 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137705DiVA: diva2:1063623
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-03-24Bibliographically approved

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