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Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in National Security

Michael P. Colaresi


In contrast to previous research that assumes away the usefulness of either national security secrecy or public accountability in democracies, this book attempts to understand the interconnections between secrecy and public consent in liberal states. The potential costs of revealing national security information to potential enemies and competitors necessitates executive discretion to keep secrets from the public. For this reason, all democracies around the world provide the executive with the discretion to keep national security secrets. However, executives can use their discretion to keep vi ... More

Keywords: national security, secrecy, democracy, accountability, oversight, conflict, domestic politics, press, legislatures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199389773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Colaresi, author
Michigan State University