Nils Biedermann – 2014 – 2018: Study of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz
“Framing the Picture of International Drug Policy: Where do international actors stand?”
The goal of the lecture is to give a visual and comprehensive overview over where international drug policy actors are positioned. To do this, contributions made by UN entities, Intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and Subsidiary Bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) towards UNGASS 2016 are reviewed and analyzed with the Discourse Network Analyser. Policy recommendations or statements are coded into four distinct concepts: Prohibition of Drugs, Regulation/Legalization of Drugs, a Health Approach to Drugs and Drugs as a Human Rights Issue. The visualization program NetDraw is used to picture these networks.The underlying political theory comes from Sabatier (1988) and his Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), which states that organizations with similar mindsets and beliefs form Advocacy Coalitions (AC) to maximize their policy influence. The results show that the main focus of international drug policy actors lies on Health and Human Rights. However, there are significant differences within most of the four groups concerning prohibition/legalization of drugs. ACs tend to build not within these four groups, but between them.