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National Security and Double Government

Michael J. Glennon


Why has U.S. national security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? And why does it matter? The theory of “double government” posed by the nineteenth-century English scholar Walter Bagehot suggests a disquieting answer. The public is encouraged to believe that the visible, “Madisonian institutions”—the presidency, Congress, and the courts—make security policy. That belief sustains these institutions’ legitimacy. Yet their authority is largely illusory. Presidential control is nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. Nat ... More

Keywords: Book, democracy, military, security, oversight, U.S. Constitution, intelligence, secretive, Truman, Madison, government accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Glennon, author
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University