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The Resource Democracy declassified : the secrecy dilemma in national security, Michael P. Colaresi

Democracy declassified : the secrecy dilemma in national security, Michael P. Colaresi

Label
Democracy declassified : the secrecy dilemma in national security
Title
Democracy declassified
Title remainder
the secrecy dilemma in national security
Statement of responsibility
Michael P. Colaresi
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Recent scandals like WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden's disclosure of NSA documents have brought public debates over government accountability and secrecy bubbling to the surface. How can modern democracies balance the need for privacy in delicate foreign policy matters with the necessity of openness in gaining and maintaining the trust of citizens? Democracies keep secrets from potential enemies and their citizens. This simple fact challenges the surprisingly prevalent assumption that foreign policy successes and failures can be attributed to public transparency and accountability. In fact, the ability to keep secrets has aided democratic victories from the European and Pacific theaters in World War II to the global competition of the Cold War. At the same time, executive discretion over the capacity to classify information created the opportunity for abuse that contributed to Watergate, as well as domestic spying and repression in France, Norway, and Canada over the past forty years. Therefore, democracies face a secrecy dilemma. Secrecy is useful, but once a group or person has the ability to decide what information is concealed from a rival, citizens can no longer monitor that information. How then can the public be assured that national security policies are not promoting hidden corruption or incompetence? As Democracy Declassified shows, it is indeed possible for democracies to keep secrets while also maintaining useful national security oversight institutions that can deter abuse and reassure the public. Understanding secrecy and oversight in democracies helps us explain not only why the Maginot Line rose and the French Republic fell, or how the US stumbled but eventually won the Cold War, but more generally how democracies can benefit from both public consent and necessary national security secrets. At a time when ubiquitous debates over the issue of institutional accountability and transparency have reached a fever pitch, Democracy Declassified provides a grounded and important view on the connection between the role of secrecy in democratic governance and foreign policymaking."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Colaresi, Michael P.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JF1525.S4
LC item number
C64 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Official secrets
  • Government information
  • Security classification (Government documents)
  • Democracy
  • National security
  • Internal security
  • Government accountability
  • Responsabilité de l'Etat
  • Politique de l'information
  • Sécurité publique
  • Democracy
  • Government accountability
  • Government information
  • Internal security
  • National security
  • Official secrets
  • Security classification (Government documents)
  • Demokratie
  • Innere Sicherheit
  • Staatsgeheimnis
  • Außenpolitik
  • Informationspolitik
Label
Democracy declassified : the secrecy dilemma in national security, Michael P. Colaresi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Theories of democratic transparency and foreign policy success -- Not so exceptional : the theory, uses, and reality of national security secrecy in democracies -- The potential abuses of national security secrecy -- The consequences of potential abuse for public consent -- Solving the secrecy dilemma -- The consequences of national security oversight in democracies -- A view of national security oversight institutions -- Revealing evidence : support, spending and success -- Conclusion -- Implications and innovations -- Apendices: formal models, data and statistical result
Control code
881385882
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 379 pages
Isbn
9780199389773
Lccn
2014004960
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881385882
Label
Democracy declassified : the secrecy dilemma in national security, Michael P. Colaresi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Theories of democratic transparency and foreign policy success -- Not so exceptional : the theory, uses, and reality of national security secrecy in democracies -- The potential abuses of national security secrecy -- The consequences of potential abuse for public consent -- Solving the secrecy dilemma -- The consequences of national security oversight in democracies -- A view of national security oversight institutions -- Revealing evidence : support, spending and success -- Conclusion -- Implications and innovations -- Apendices: formal models, data and statistical result
Control code
881385882
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 379 pages
Isbn
9780199389773
Lccn
2014004960
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881385882

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