Challenges of Organized Community Resistance in the Context of Illicit Economies and Drug War Policies: Insights from Colombia


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  • The voice and role of communities, particularly their capacity to organize and resist, has been understudied in the specialized literature on illicit crops and largely ignored in policy debates. Based on ongoing research in Colombia, this policy paper explores the capacity of communities to organize and resist – as a manifestation of cultural and social capital – in the context of illicit economies. The paper argues that in the context of weak states, the effectiveness of drug policies could be enhanced by drawing upon and investing in communities’ organizational capacity and active local leadership to increase the non-monetary benefits of eradication and substitution. Acknowledging how resistance reflects the experiences of communities and responds to their different needs, the paper offers relevant insights for policy that can inform drug policy formulation in Colombia and similar contexts.

fecha de publicación

  • 2019-01

Líneas de investigación

  • Coca Cultivation
  • Cultural Capital
  • Drug Policy Formulation
  • Resistance
  • Social Capital


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