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Lecture 18 Notes - Drug Crisis

Lecture 18 Notes - Drug Crisis - Development& Democracy...

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DRUG CRISIS: SOME FACTS 1. High profts ? over $400 billion yearly 2. Economic impact Profits equivalent to: a. world trade in textiles b. GNP of all Africa c. Greater than GNP of ¾ of the world?s economies 3. Political impact: narco-states, narco-terrorism 4. It benefits from free trade, porous borders Consequences 1. Corruption 2. Violence 3. Creates more crime ? to finance drug purchases & protection of the drug trade 4. Police are part of the problem, not part of the solution 5. LDC militarization: fight war ?at the source? (Colombia) This weakens democracy 6. Rise in anti-Americanism: e.g. Bolivia Afghanistan? (rise in US interventionism)
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Unformatted text preview: Development & Democracy 1. Modernization theory Economic development brings democracy or the opposite 2. LDC experience: democratic waves (versus DC experience) 3. Why military is strong in LDCs a. Class inequalities b. Foreign aid (geopolitics: Cold War and post-9/11); Drug war, economic interests (arms sales, oil sources) 4. Characteristics of Democracy Representative gov?t ? for the people by the people Minority groups receive a voice Elections ? minimum requirement/validation for democracy? Actually free/fair? Who can actually run for office? Ideal democracy vs. US version...
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