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The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic

by Susan L. Moffitt

The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic Synopsis

In The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic, leading political scientists from diverse theoretical traditions provide new insights into the enduring features of American policy and practice that have influenced state-level and national responses to the ongoing opioid crisis. Key among these features is the persistent power of race in shaping public opinion of the opioid crisis, influencing the development of punitive and treatment-oriented legislation, and impacting media portrayal of opioids and the communities they affect. Other factors include the development of the conservative welfare state and the challenges of delivering information and services to affected communities through existing, dysfunctional systems. Analyzing the manifold politics that have contributed to the current situation, contributors explain the depth of the current opioid epidemic and highlight the need for structural change to produce durable, effective policies. Contributors. Amanda Abraham, Christina M. Andrews, Clifford S. Bersamira, Andrea Louise Campbell, Sarah E. Gollust, Colleen M. Grogan, Gali Katznelson, Jin Woo Kim, Miriam Laugesen, Joanne M. Miller, Susan L. Moffitt, Evan Morgan, Brendan Nyhan, Eric M. Patashnik, Elizabeth Perez-Chiques, Harold A. Pollack, Marie Schenk, Carmel Shachar, Phillip M. Singer, Bikki Tran Smith, Patricia Strach, Paul Testa, Tess Wise, Katie Zuber

Book Information

ISBN: 9781478008736
Publication date: 11th June 2020
Author: Susan L. Moffitt
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Medicolegal issues, Illness & addiction: social aspects,

About Susan L. Moffitt

Susan L. Moffitt is Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University and author of Making Policy Public: Participatory Bureaucracy in American Democracy. Eric M. Patashnik is Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Brown University and coauthor of Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine.

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