Southern England, Drugs and Music: Policing the Impossible?

  • Andrew Fraser
  • Michael George
Part of the Confederation of European Economic Associations Conference Volumes book series (CEE)


Drugs are a consumer product for which there is a simple relationship between demand and supply. Without consumer demand there is no economic or practical sense in establishing or maintaining supply networks, and it is against these distribution networks that enforcement agencies almost exclusively direct their operations. However any disruption of drug supply networks as a result of police operations can only be transient — consumer-driven supply networks rapidly reform or mutate to meet unchanged or displaced consumer demand.


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  1. Fraser, A. and M. George (1988) ‘Changing trends in drug use’, Drugs Arena, 6, pp. 14–19.Google Scholar

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© Nicholas Dorn, Jørgen Jepsen and Ernesto Savona 1996

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  • Andrew Fraser
  • Michael George

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