12
Jun

Reverse order

Last week I commented that a drug law was developed before a drug policy which seemed to me to be in the wrong order. http://hivinfo4mm.org/new-drug-law-and-new-drug-policy/

An anonymous comment from a reader:

"Only in Myanmar, do you can see such an odd order. There are other examples of it too.

Because of political, historical and structural forces, there is easier access by activists and mobilisers for legal reform processes and mechanisms in Myanmar. This gives them more chances to work than in policy change processes.

Another reason for the 'reverse' order may be that in the past, policy documents existed on their own, just for the sake of having them. They have usually been very vague, and are not followed by meaningful implementation. Laws, of course, are powerful and to be observed."

This is a clear analysis.

Jamie

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