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Studler, Donley T (2015) Punching above their weight through policy learning: tobacco control policies in Ireland. Irish Political Studies , 30 , (1) , pp. 41-78.

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Ireland's tobacco control policy today is recognised as one of the strongest in Europe and the world, largely on the basis of its first-in-the-world general workplace smoking ban in 2004. However, it is insufficiently recognised that Ireland has persistently and deliberately developed tobacco control policies since the 1970s, a longer period than most countries.

Using a five-fold analysis of factors influencing tobacco policy: agendas, socio-economic setting (including public opinion), networks, institutions, and ideas (including scientific information and diffusion), this paper explains policy development in Ireland over the long term. It demonstrates how a small country, not dependent on tobacco growing or a domestic tobacco industry but also having only a small research and bureaucratic capacity, has managed to create a strong tobacco control policy. Even though it is a European Union member, Ireland has utilised diffusion of research and policy in the English-speaking world, especially paying close attention to the USA, to develop its position as a world policy leader in tobacco control.

Item Type:Article
Date:2015
Page Range:pp. 41-78
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Volume:30
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking) > Tobacco smoke (cigarette law / policy)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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