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Title: Drug control policy in Thailand : the shift more towards harm reduction
Author: Waeladee , Sritakool
ISNI:       0000 0004 5924 0842
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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Previous research has demonstrated that a long development of Thai drug policy along with crime control and immorality explained the dominance of a prohibition ideology in drug policy in the present day. None of the previous research has yet to address the significant change occurring recently with the adoption of harm reduction ideas to the Thai drug policy, 20 10/20 II. Hence, this research aims to be the first to provide novel insights into such important incident. This research has two key aims. The primary research aim is to gain better understand of the process of 'how' factors, such as, actors, policy ideas, networks, institutions and socio-economic forces interacted and possibly contributed to the recent change and 'why' under which conditions, despite entrenched prohibition ideology, the recent change of the drug policy still occurred. The secondary research aim is to test the applicability of the dominant US-based theories, particularly, the Policy Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) and the Punctuated Equilibrium Framework (PEF) to explain the recent change. Aligned with the pragmatists' worldview, this research is designed in a case study tradition using mixed methods by which theories are, possibly, both inductively developed and deductively tested. While qualitative methods are primarily used to achieve the primary aim, the quantitative method of social network analysis is embedded to suppol1 a systematic test of key network relational assumptions. This research provides novel knowledge on the process of the recent change in which institutions played the key roles. Institutions shaped the roles of key actors' behaviour, their networks/collective actions in relation to harm reduction advocacy at subsystems. Conflicting institutional values explained the conditions of the subsystem
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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