Basing their findings largely on recent field research, economist Clawson and political analyst Lee offer a thorough overview and analysis of the cocaine industry in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. Convinced that the United States cannot stop the Andean cocaine trade and that what ultimately happens will depend more on local politics than on U.S. intervention, they examine cocaine use; cocaine trafficking; the effects of the industry on Andean societies, economies, and politics; and realistic policy options for shrinking the industry. Among some of their interesting findings: cocaine revenues in Peru and Bolivia are less than six percent of gross national product; for every $100 of drugs sold in the United States, the federal government spends 60? trying to control distribution. Numerous charts, graphs, and references are included. Highly recommended for academic libraries.?Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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