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Franz, Tobias (2016) 'Plan Colombia: illegal drugs, economic development and counterinsurgency - a political economy analysis of Colombia's failed war.' Development Policy Review, 34 (4). pp. 563-591.

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This article examines the socioeconomic effects of the illegal drug industry on economic and social development in Colombia. It shows that illegal drugs have fostered violence and have had a negative effect on economic development. This article also shows that the Plan Colombia anti‐drug policy has been an ineffective strategy in terms of decreasing drug production, generating economic development and reducing violence. Since this study includes both a statistical analysis of the effects that violence and illegal drugs have on the economic growth of Colombia, along with an evaluation of the Plan Colombia policy programme, it fills the gap between existing empirical studies of the Colombian illegal drug industry and specific analyses of Plan Colombia.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy
ISSN: 09506764
Copyright Statement: © The Authors 2016. Development Policy Review © 2016 Overseas Development Institute. This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Wiley in Development Policy Review available online:
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 13:45

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