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MacCoun, Robert J.

Works: 71 works in 138 publications in 1 language and 4,102 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Conference proceedings  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV5825, 364.1770973
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Drug war heresies learning from other vices, times, and places by Robert J MacCoun ( )
12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
(Publisher-supplied data) This book provides the first multidisciplinary and nonpartisan analysis of how the United States should decide on the legal status of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. It draws on data about the experiences of Western European nations with less punitive drug policies as well as new analyses of America's experience with legal cocaine and heroin a century ago, and of America's efforts to regulate gambling, prostitution, alcohol and cigarettes. It offers projections on the likely consequences of a number of different legalization regimes and shows that the choice about how to regulate drugs involves complicated tradeoffs among goals and conflict among social groups. The book presents a sophisticated discussion of how society should deal with the uncertainty about the consequences of legal change. Finally, it explains, in terms of individual attitudes toward risk, why it is so difficult to accomplish substantial reform of drug policy in America
Cross-national drug policy ( Book )
6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synopsis: While citizens experiment with illegal drugs, their governments experiment with regulations to prohibit drugs. Scholars, analysts, and policy makers who know what legal prohibitions other countries have tried and found successful will have a better chance of crafting effective drug policy for their countries. This special issue of The Annals describes the experiences of eleven countries: Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, France, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, and Sweden. Articles are grouped by geography and wealth: the wealthy West, the western hemisphere, and the transition countries. The drug problems of wealthy Western nations have generally worsened since the 1960s. Some have no clearly articulated vision behind their drug policy (e.g. Denmark); others have tough policies (e.g. Sweden). France and Portugal both recently instituted sharp changes in drug policy. While no outcome results are yet available from Portugal, France has experience a huge increase in the number of users in treatment. Australia's strong harm-reduction policy remains in place despite increasing heroin deaths and other drug-related problems. U.S. consumption and U.S. international drug policies affect western hemisphere countries' policy as well as generate problems for them. Although Mexican drug use remains at modest levels, the country faces violent and powerful criminal groups. The groups' creation is related to Mexico's role as the principal source and primary transshipment route for drugs bound for the U.S. IN Jamaica, another route for cocaine shipped to the U.S. and another focus of U.S. international drug policy, drug trafficking has exacerbated the long-standing problem of politically related gang violence by increasing the moneys and weapons involved. Drug use is a relatively minor concern of Columbian policy, also under U.S. pressure; instead, it focuses on trafficking and related corruption and violence. Iran and Russia are countries in transition. Contending with fundamental economic and social change following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has had little political debate regarding its highly intolerant drug policy. Iran's drug policies have frequently shifted during its long history of dealing with opiate abuse, from harsh punishment to regulation of use and back again. Most recently, more therapeutically oriented approaches have been tried. Two articles address geographically broader issues. One shows how U.S. politicians distorted results from a study of needle exchange in Vancouver. The other discusses creation of a new regulatory regime for governing developed nations' banking systems, in the belief that illegal drugs account for a substantial fraction of suspicious financial transactions, particularly across national borders
Before the grand opening : measuring Washington State's marijuana market in the last year before legalized commercial sales by Beau Kilmer ( )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The 2012 passage of Initiative 502 in Washington state removed the prohibition on the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana for nonmedical purposes and required the state to regulate and tax a new marijuana industry. This report uses data from multiple sources to estimate the total weight of marijuana consumed in the state in 2013 to provide decisionmakers with baseline information about the size of the state's market
Alternative adjudication : an evaluation of the New Jersey automobile arbitration program ( Book )
6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1985, New Jersey implemented a statewide program of mandatory court-administered arbitration of automobile injury lawsuits. In order to evaluate the program, the Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ) examined court records for a random sample of more than 1,000 auto negligence cases filed in either 1983 (pre-arbitration) or 1985 (post-arbitration), and surveyed approximately 300 litigants and 400 attorneys. No significant changes in trial rates or litigation costs were found. However, the program has had some unanticipated effects. Cases that are assigned to the program are significantly less likely to settle privately without a third-party hearing and, on average, take significantly longer to terminate than in the pre-arbitration period. Both litigants and attorneys evaluate arbitration hearings quite favorably. It appears that the program is providing disputants greater access to third-party hearings, but not greater efficiency
Comparing Western European and North American drug policies : an international conference report by Peter Reuter ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on conferences held in Washington, D.C., and Bellagio, Italy, 1991
Getting inside the black box : toward a better understanding of civil jury behavior by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Experimental research on jury decision-making by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
4 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jury verdicts directly affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year and serve a bellwether function in plea bargaining and settlement negotiations. But because juries deliberate in secret, legal policymakers have made important decisions about the scope and conduct of jury trials on the basis of untested intuitions about how juries reach verdicts. In this review of research on jury behavior, the author emphasizes the use of mock jury experiments to test hypotheses and refine theoretical models of the decision process. Because jury decisionmaking involves two different phases--cognitive processing during the trial and deliberation in the jury room--the author reviews research on both the trial and deliberation phases of the judgment process. In keeping with the emphasis of most jury research, he focuses primarily on decisionmaking in criminal trials; the extent to which the findings can be applied to civil litigation is discussed in RAND/N-2671
Alternative dispute resolution in trial and appellate courts by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study, reprinted from Handbook of Psychology and Law (D.K. Kagehiro and W.S. Laufer, eds.) reviews the available research on seven major court-administered alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures that appear to be particularly popular and representative of the broader range of alternatives: fee-shifting rules, small-claims mediation, victim-offender mediation, judicially mediated plea bargaining, judicial settlement conferences, court-annexed arbitration, and summary jury trials. The authors discuss potential consequences of ADR in the courts, including reductions in costs and delays, litigant satisfaction and procedural fairness, a sense of legitimacy and acceptance of ADR outcomes and preservation and enhancement of existing relationships. A growing body of research and theory can guide the design of future ADR procedures. The next round of innovation should take advantage of what is now known to optimize all the the criteria that ADR programs seek to meet. Basic social-psychological laboratory experiments on dispute processing can also play an important role in informing the conduct of applied field research on ARD programs
Improving jury comprehension in criminal and civil trials by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Estimating liability risks with the media as your guide : a content analysis of media coverage of tort litigation by Daniel Seth Bailis ( Book )
2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Altered state? : assessing how marijuana legalization in California could influence marijuana consumption and public budgets by Beau Kilmer ( )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"To learn more about the possible outcomes of marijuana legalization in California, RAND researchers constructed a model based on a series of estimates of current consumption, current and future prices, how responsive use is to price changes, taxes levied and possibly evaded, and the aggregation of nonprice effects (such as a change in stigma). Key findings include the following: (1) the pretax retail price of marijuana will substantially decline, likely by more than 80 percent. The price the consumers face will depend heavily on taxes, the structure of the regulatory regime, and how taxes and regulations are enforced; (2) consumption will increase, but it is unclear how much, because we know neither the shape of the demand curve nor the level of tax evasion (which reduces revenues and prices that consumers face); (3) tax revenues could be dramatically lower or higher than the $1.4 billion estimate provided by the California Board of Equalization (BOE); for example, uncertainty about the federal response to California legalization can swing estimates in either direction; (4) previous studies find that the annual costs of enforcing marijuana laws in California range from around $200 million to nearly $1.9 billion; our estimates show that the costs are probably less than $300 million; and (5) there is considerable uncertainty about the impact of legalizing marijuana in California on public budgets and consumption, with even minor changes in assumptions leading to major differences in outcomes."--Website
Goal conflict in juror assessments of compensatory and punitive damages by Michelle Chernikoff Anderson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unintended consequences of court arbitration : a cautionary tale from New Jersey by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Arbitration programs are expected to reduce delay and costs by providing a more efficient substitute for trial. But since most disputes are already resolved without adjudication, an arbitration program is likely to divert more cases from settlement than from trial. The net effect can be an increase in delay and congestion in the courts. This pattern is illustrated by a recent study of court-annexed automobile arbitration in New Jersey. Following the introduction of arbitration, there was a significant reduction in the percentage of cases settled without third-party intervention, but no reliable decrease in the trial rate, and a significant increase in filing-to-termination time for auto cases assigned to the program. Arbitration programs appear to meet a demand for fair, adjudicative third-party hearings, but in doing so, they don't always improve court efficiency
The verdict on the verdict interpreting the public's reaction to the Simpson trial by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inside the black box : what empirical research tells us about decisionmaking by civil juries by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Compensation for accidental injuries in the United States by Deborah R Hensler ( )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One in every six Americans sustains an injury in an accident that results in measurable economic loss, and about one-third of those victims suffer a moderate to very severe injury that imposes significant costs on them and on society. The United States has developed a loose network of public and private programs designed to help alleviate the costs those losses impose by providing compensation to accident victims. This network includes private insurance, publicly subsidized programs like Medicare, work-related programs like workers' compensation, and the fault-based tort liability system. These programs have come under increasing scrutiny, as has the compensation network as a whole. This report evaluates the total system of compensation by examining the role of individual compensation mechanisms; investigating the experience of individual American households; and examining the ways experiences vary by accident, injury, and sociodemographic circumstances. Specifically, it presents the results of the first phase of analysis of data collected in a large, nationally representative survey, the purpose of which was to describe the universe of accidents and injuries the authors studied, develop estimates of costs and compensation, describe the liability claiming process, and examine the correlates of liability claiming
Is there a "deep-pocket" bias in the tort system? : the concern over biases against deep-pocket defendants by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There is a wide-spread perception that America's tort system is biased against so-called deep-pocket defendants--defendants such as corporations, governments, and wealthy individuals who have extensive financial resources. This paper summarizes what we know and don't know about deep-pocket biases. Both archival analyses of twenty years of verdicts in Cook county, Illinois, and mock jury experimentation indicate that in similar cases, juries do treat corporations differently from individuals. Juries are more likely to find corporations liable and award plaintiffs more money. However, other mock jury experiments show that rich individuals are treated more like poor individuals than like corporations. Thus, jurors do treat corporations differently, but not because of wealth. Future research is necessary to clarify what causes juries to treat corporations differently
Drug policies and problems : the promise and pitfalls of cross-national comparison ( Book )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examining the behavioral assumptions of the national drug control strategy by Robert J MacCoun ( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Content analysis of the drug legalization debate ( Book )
3 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The authors analyzed two convenience samples of opinion essays from U.S. newspapers to examine differences in the content and complexity of argumentation in the drug legalization debate. The first sample was of fifty-one New York Times essays from the 1970s and 1980s. The second sample was of 133 essays from twenty-seven newspapers across the country in 1989 and 1990. Content analyses suggest that the debate has shifted over time from decriminalization of marijuana, based on the civil rights of users, to legalization of cocaine and heroin, based on the perceived need to disrupt the connection between drugs and crime. Proponents of legalization provided significantly more complex arguments than proponents of continued prohibition
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Mac Coun, Robert 1958-
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