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ERIC Number: EJ929521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7637
Drug Policy and Rationality: An Exploration of the Research-Policy Interface in Ireland
Randall, Niamh
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v18 n4 p285-294 2011
This article reports on a study which aimed to explore the extent to which drug policy making in Ireland might be deemed to be a rational, evidence-based process. The research was completed during the first half of 2008, as the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008--which explicitly claimed to have research as one of its main "pillars"--was coming to an end. Methodologically, the study used a combination of semi-structured interviews with key players in the policy process and case studies of specific elements of the drug strategy to determine whether and how research findings influenced policy decision making in this complex sphere. The findings generally reinforced the views of social scientists and policy analysts that no specific "interface" between research and policy making exists within the current maze of drug policy-making structures, and that research evidence is just one factor which influences decision making in a policy arena largely characterized by symbolism, stereotype and emotion. While it is acknowledged that the economic recession which began in late 2008 may contribute to a greater tendency to implement strategies which are effective and efficient, it is concluded that drug policy making in Ireland is unlikely to ever attain the degree of rationality suggested by the managerial rhetoric of the national strategy which has just ended. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland