Substitution treatment in the era of recovery: an analysis of stakeholder roles and policy windows in Britain

Duke, Karen L., Herring, Rachel, Thickett, Anthony and Thom, Betsy (2013) Substitution treatment in the era of recovery: an analysis of stakeholder roles and policy windows in Britain. Substance Use and Misuse, 48 (11). pp. 966-976. ISSN 1082-6084

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Abstract

Based on documentary analyses and interviews with twenty key informants in 2012, this paper analyses the shift in British drugs policy towards “recovery” from the perspectives of major stakeholders. The processes involved in reopening the debate surrounding the role of substitution treatment and its re-emergence on to the policy agenda are examined. Drawing on Kingdon's work on agenda-setting, the ways in which methadone maintenance was challenged and defended by key stakeholders in the initial phase of policy development and the negotiation of a “recovery” focus as the organizing concept for British drugs policy are explored. Study limitations are noted.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Stakeholders, drug policy, substitution treatment, policy windows, recovery, abstinence, harm reduction, policy entrepreneurs, agenda-setting
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 12023
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Depositing User: Karen Duke
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 08:25
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12023

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