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National Security and Double Government by Michael J. Glennon

Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? National Security and Double Government offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America's visible, "Madisonian institutions" - the President, Congress, and the courts. Their roles, he argues, have become largely illusory. Presidential control is now nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. The book details the dramatic shift in power that has occurred from the Madisonian institutions to a concealed "Trumanite network" - the several hundred managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies who are responsible for protecting the nation and who have come to operate largely immune from constitutional and electoral restraints. Reform efforts face daunting obstacles. Remedies within this new system of "double government" require the hollowed-out Madisonian institutions to exercise the very power that they lack. Meanwhile, reform initiatives from without confront the same pervasive political ignorance within the polity that has given rise to this duality. The book sounds a powerful warning about the need to resolve this dilemma-and the mortal threat posed to accountability, democracy, and personal freedom if double government persists. This paperback version features an Afterword that addresses the emerging danger posed by populist authoritarianism rejecting the notion that the security bureaucracy can or should be relied upon to block it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190663995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 788,763
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 3.30(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Before going into teaching, he was the Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He co-authored Foreign Affairs Federalism: The Myth of National Exclusivity (with Robert D. Sloane, Oxford, 2016). He also co-authored Foreign Relations and National Security Law, and he is the author of Constitutional Diplomacy, among other books. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald-Tribune, Financial Times, and Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE TRUMANITE NETWORK
Origins
Operation
Threat Exaggeration
Secrecy
Conformism

III. THE SOURCES OF MADISONIAN ILLUSION

IV. THE REALITY OF MADISONIAN WEAKNESS
The Judiciary
The Congress
The Presidency
A Case Study: NSA Surveillance

V. PLAUSIBLE ALTERNATIVE EXPLANATIONS FOR POLICY CONTINUITY
The Rational Actor Model
The Government Politics Model
The Organizational Behavior Model
The Network Model
Conclusion: The Myth of Alternative Competing Hypotheses

VI. IS REFORM POSSIBLE? CHECKS, SMOKE, AND MIRRORS
Strengthening systemic checks
Government cultivation of civic virtue

VII. CONCLUSION

NOTES

AFTERWORD

INDEX

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growingoldoffensively More than 1 year ago
Very impressive work. If you've ever wondered why national security policy remains so remarkably similar administration to administration this book will give you much to consider. Author applies Walter Bagehot to modern United States national security policy and explains how and why it has evovled the ay it has. Very well documented and written. Book is one of the most impressive political science studies I've ever read. Could applied to other areas of governmenr policy as we'll. Expected a long book when I first started reading but st 272 pages it's a quickie read. But what the author crams iinto that 272 pages is profound.