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The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War Paperback – April 5, 1994

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. . . accessible to a wide audience. . . . an interesting case study in institutional economics. (Economic Journal)

The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War is simply the most compelling book on the war on drugs . . . (Southern Economic Journal)

A challenging study of where America went wrong in the war on drugs. Even those who disagree will have to take notice of this well-argued book. (John DiIulio, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University)

. . . most policymakers recognize that the government is losing the drug war. David Rasmussen and Bruce Benson help explain why, exploring the complicated politics and economics behind the issue. Their proposed reforms may help lead us to a more rational, less costly, and ultimately safer policy. (Doug Bandow, Cato Institute)

Hopefully, this book will be read by all those with an interest in sane public policy toward illegal drugs. In clear, concise, and practical terms, Rasmussen and Benson show precisely why simply throwing more resources into law enforcement will not lead to national law enforcement in this area. (Robert D. Tollison)

. . . scholars will obviously be fascinated by this . . . (Journal Of Communication)

About the Author

David W. Rasmussen is director of the Policy Sciences Center and professor of economics at Florida State University and author of Urban Economics, Economics: Principles and Applications and Elements of Economics.

Bruce L. Benson is distinguished research professor of economics at Florida State University and author of American Antitrust Laws in Theory and in Practice and The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State.

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