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Conflict and Cooperation in Intelligence and Security Organisations
An Institutional Costs Approach

ISBN 9780367619510
Published November 12, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an institutional costs framework for intelligence and security communities to examine the factors that can encourage or obstruct cooperation.

The governmental functions of security and intelligence require various organisations to interact in a symbiotic way. These organisations must constantly negotiate with each other to establish who should address which issue and with what resources. By coupling adapted versions of transaction costs theories with socio-political perspectives, this book provides a model to explain why some cooperative endeavours are successful, whilst others fail. This framework is applied to counterterrorism and defence intelligence in the UK and the US to demonstrate that the view of good cooperation in the former and poor cooperation in the latter is overly simplistic. Neither is necessarily more disposed to behave cooperatively than the other; rather, the institutional costs created by their respective organisational architectures incentivise different cooperative behaviour in different circumstances.

This book will be of much interest to students of intelligence studies, organisational studies, politics and security studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Development of an Institutional Costs Framework for Security and Intelligence

3. Counterterrorism and Cooperative Success and Failure in the Intelligence and Security Spheres

4. Counterterrorism, Collaboration, and Direction and Oversight

5. The Paradoxical Case of Cooperative Success and Failure in Military and Defence Intelligence

6. The Relative Management and Cooperation of the Upper Levels of Defence Intelligence in the United Kingdom and United States

7. Conclusion

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James Thomson has worked within the intelligence and security spheres for over 30 years, and he has received his PhD from Brunel University, UK.