Operation Intercept

Operation Intercept

The Multiple Consequences of Public Policy

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Author: Lawrence A. Gooberman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483146102

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Operation Intercept: The Multiple Consequences of Public Policy analyzes the taken-for-granted reality of the search-and-destroy anti-marihuana legislation. This book focuses on the Operation Intercept, a policy that aims to control the importation of illegal drugs, marihuana in particular, across the United States-Mexican border. Chapter 1 discusses the objectives of Operation Intercept and the factors and assumptions underlying this policy. Chapter 2 examines the availability of marihuana during the Operation Intercept period and the unanticipated consequences of such policy decision. Chapter 3 presents data that confirms marihuana shortage in New York City during the summer and early fall of 1969. Lastly, Chapter 4 provides an appraisal of anti-drug policies in the past and an examination of the general drug abuse problem in the United States. Sociologists who are interested in deviant behavior and social problems will find this book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Preface



    1. Operation Intercept: The Policy and the Research Problem

    Factors and Assumptions Underlying the New Public Policy

    Operation Intercept: Immediate, Intermediate, and Ultimate Goals

    Purpose of the Study, Applied Theoretical Perspectives, and Hypotheses

    Formulation of the Research Problem and Methodology


    2. The Multiple Consequences of Operation Intercept

    The Availability of Marijuana During the Operation Intercept Era


    Behavioral Reactions to the General Marijuana Shortage

    Abstaining and Decreased Drug Use

    Switching: The Availability and Use of Drugs Other than Marijuana


    Attitudinal Responses to the Government Policy


    Trusting Attitudes

    Distrustful Attitudes


    3. Analysis of the Findings: Public Policy and the Drug Abuse Problem

    The Findings

    Additional Evidence Concerning the Unanticipated Consequences of Operation Intercept

    The Social Context of Operation Intercept: An Examination of Contingent Conditions

    Traditional Controls in a Decade of Change

    The Ineffectiveness of Traditional Controls and the Formation of the Operation Intercept Policy

    An Analysis of the Differential Effects of Operation Intercept


    4. Operation Intercept: Past, Present, and Future


    Appendix I. Members of the Narcotics, Marijuana and Dangerous Drugs Task Force

    II. The Interview Guide

    III. Findings from Gross Point Study: Interview Excerpts


Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483146102

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Lawrence A. Gooberman

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