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The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave

Mark Lawrence Schrad


This book looks at an oddity of modern history — the broad diffusion of temperance legislation in the early 20th century — to make a broad argument about how bad policy ideas achieve international success. The root question is this: how could a bad policy idea — one that was widely recognized by experts as bad before adoption, and which ultimately failed everywhere — come to be adopted throughout the world? To answer it, the author uses an institutionalist approach, and focuses in particular on the US, Russia/USSR (ironically, one of the only laws the Soviets kept on the books was the Tsarist ... More

Keywords: temperance movement, temperance law, prohibition, bad policy, Sweden, USSR, Russia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Lawrence Schrad, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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