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Unformatted text preview: SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:20, 253 Malott Hall Discussion Sections on Fridays (1) 2:30PM-3:20PM MCG 125 (2) 2:30PM-3:20PM MRL 111 (3) 1:25PM-2:15PM MRL 111 (4) 10:10AM-11:00AM MCG 125 Instructor: Douglas Heckathorn, Professor of Sociology 344 Uris Hall 255 4368 255-4368 E-mail: ddh22@cornell.edu Office Hours: Fridays 1:30 to 3:30 or by appointment Teaching Assistants Teaching Assistants: Patrick Park Kyle Albert Structure of Drug Markets: The role of corruption S e c o n d , d r u g t r a d e c a n b e s e e n a s r e s u l t i n g f r o m e c o n o m i c opportunities created by drug trade D r u g t r a d e i s i m p o r t a n t s o u r c e o f f o r e i g n e x c h a n g e a n d e m p l o y m e n t , e . g . , in Bolivia more than 10% of jobs C o r r u p t i o n i s t h e c o n s e q u e n c e o f t r y i n g t o s u p p r e s s a p r o f i t a b l e m a r k e t T h i s d i f f e r s f r o m u s u a l f o r m o f c o r r u p t i o n r e n t s e e k i n g w h i c h r e d u c e s economic activity, e.g., by draining profits that can be reinvested I n c o n t r a s t , i l l i c i t d r u g s p r o v i d e b o t h e m p l o y m e n t a n d f o r e i g n e x c h a n g e Rent-seeking corruption versus drug corruption M o s t g o v e r n m e n t a l c o r r u p t i o n t a k e s a f o r m G o r d o n T u l l o c k t e r m e d r e n t seeking seeking E . g . , b r i b e s t o o f f i c i a l s t o s t a r t a b u s iness, or having to share profits with officials This type of corruption reduces economic activity According to may economists this is what limits economic growth in many According to may economists, this is what limits economic growth in many developing countries E . g . , w h y r e i n v e s t p r o f i t s t o g r o w b u s i n e s s , i f g a i n s w i l l b e s e i z e d b y corrupt officials? Similarly funds for economic development end up in numbered Swiss 2 Similarly, funds for economic development end up in numbered Swiss accounts S u c h c o r r u p t i o n s t e n d s t o b e c y c l i c , e x p a n d i n g a n d t h e n b e i n g s u p p r e s s e d when it becomes too burdensome Structure of Drug Markets: The role of corruption I n c o n t r a s t w i t h r e n t- s e e k i n g c o r r uption, drug corruption creates wealth C r e a t e s j o b s a n d i n c r e a s e s f o r e i g n r e s e r v e s H e n c e , building a political consensus to stop it is difficult because of conflict between domestic economic concerns, and foreign political concerns H i s t o r y o f o p i a t e s i n C h i n a i l l u s t r a t e r o l e o f e c o n o m i c c o n s i d e r a t i o n s Have long history of use in China, but vastly increased by the British after Have long history of use in China, but vastly increased by the British after 1729 B r i t i s h E a s t I n d i a C o m p a n y m o n o p o l i...
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