The governance of synthetic illicit drugs

Project leader(s)

National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

This project sought to identify outstanding examples of the ways in which police harness external resources to control illicit synthetic drugs. It categorised and analysed best practice examples of law enforcement partnerships with government, businesses, and social service agencies. It specified the institutional properties of the partnership in question; resources invested in the partnership by the respective parties, costs incurred, or savings realised by the law enforcement agency and its partner; and crime control benefits achieved as a result of the partnership. The projected was also interested in issues such as public accountability and distributive consequences.


Adrian Cherney, Juani O’Reilly and Peter Grabosky The Governance of Synthetic Illicit Drugs. (Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, 2005) pp105

Adrian Cherney, Juani O’Reilly, and Peter Grabosky (2006) ‘Networks and Meta-Regulation: Strategies Aimed at Governing Illicit Synthetic Drugs’ Policing and Society, 16, 4, 370-385

Adrian Cherney, Juani O’Reilly, and Peter Grabosky (2006) ‘The Multilateralization of Policing: The Case of Illicit Synthetic Drug Control’Police Practice and Research, 7, 3, 177-194

Image: Emeritus Professor Peter Grabosky (RegNet)

Professor Peter Grabosky

Professor Peter Grabosky holds a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University, and has written extensively on crime control and public policy. His current interests focus on excesses of...

Law, justice and human rights

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