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Mazerolle, Lorraine and Rombouts, Sacha [Drug Policy Modelling Program] . (2005) Monograph no 08: A review of approaches to studying illicit drug markets. Fitzroy: Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. 33 p. DPMP Monograph Series.

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This Monograph (No. 08) provides a reflective account of the different disciplinary approaches to studying illicit drug markets. The term ‘drug market’ is used widely in illicit drug research, and means different things to different researchers. An economist may have a very specific view of what is meant by a drug market, and that will differ from one held by an ethnographer. The monograph endeavours to describe and explain five different disciplinary approaches to studying drug markets – ethnographic and qualitative approaches; economic approaches; behavioural and psychological research; population-based and survey research; and criminology and law enforcement evaluation. Each discipline has strengths and limitations. I do not argue for the supremacy of one approach, but that we need to appreciate the different approaches and develop better multi-disciplinary models.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Crime prevention
Source:Drug Policy Modelling Program
Date:December 2005
Pages:33 p.
Publisher:Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Place of Publication:Fitzroy
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:VA Geographic area > International aspects
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
R Research > Research and evaluation method

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