Special Issue "The Political Economy of Global Tobacco Control: Understanding Tobacco Supply"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: tobacco control; public policy; institutions; political economy; tobacco supply; tobacco farming
Tobacco use remains one of the leading causes of noncommunicable disease. Tobacco use stems from the relentless promotion of tobacco products by strategic, well-organized, and deeply-resourced transnational tobacco companies. These companies have established elaborate international supply chains to move tobacco leaf from farm to manufacturing to retail with the ultimate aim of maximizing profits at the expense of human health. What is deeply troubling from a public health perspective is the way that tobacco companies have established effective strategies to embed their economic interests into the policy landscape of countries; particularly those countries where tobacco is grown and manufactured. This relationship to public policy is made more problematic by narratives that assert the benefits of tobacco to the lives of tobacco producers, particularly at the beginnings of the production chain, such as tobacco farmers, and the wider economy. Layered into the relationship between the tobacco industry and public institutions are ideas about economic development that make policy makers receptive to these narratives. This institutional and policy landscape makes it exceptionally difficult for policy makers to establish and implement comprehensive policy measures that address both tobacco supply and demand. There is a critical need to deepen our understanding of the strategies used by tobacco interests to shape this landscape. Additionally, there is a need to understand how ideas (e.g., economic development, norms pertaining to the relationships between private and public entities), institutions (e.g., the rules, norms, and strategies that shape the development and implementation of public policy and programs) and interests foster or hinder movement towards comprehensive tobacco control measures with specific emphasis on the often neglected dimension of tobacco supply.
This Special Issue welcomes research and scholarship on the political economy of global tobacco control with an emphasis on tobacco supply. We welcome historical analyses that trace changes over time as well as analysis of current contexts. This Special Issue will place specific emphasis on the following topics:
- Policy process (e.g., how have tobacco interests affected the policy process, what levers (e.g., information, arguments, narratives, rules, norms) are utilized during the policy process to resist or support policies that seek alternatives to tobacco);
- Institutions (e.g., what types of institutional arrangements perpetuate tobacco supply, what types of institutional arrangements have fostered alternatives to tobacco production and how);
- Ideas (e.g., what types of ideas are dominant across health and economic sectors and to what effect, where do these ideas converge or diverge, how are these ideas mobilized, what types of ideas are implicit or explicit in institutions, how have ideas changed over time).
Dr. Raphael Lencucha
Dr. Jeffrey Drope
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- tobacco control policies
- policy process
- tobacco interests
- global health
- political economy
- tobacco farming
- tobacco supply
- low- and middle-income countries