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Intelligence Elites and Public Accountability

Relationships of Influence with Civil Society, 1st Edition

By Vian Bakir

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288 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a definitive overview of the relationships of influence between civil society and intelligence elites.

The secrecy surrounding intelligence means that publication of intelligence is highly restricted, barring occasional whistle-blowing and sanitised official leaks. These characteristics mean that intelligence, if publicised, can be highly manipulated by intelligence elites, while civil society’s ability to assess and verify claims is compromised by absence of independent evidence. There are few studies on the relationship between civil society and intelligence elites, which makes it hard to form robust assessments or practical recommendations regarding public oversight of intelligence elites. Addressing that lacuna, this book analyses two case studies of global political significance. The intelligence practices they focus on (contemporary mass surveillance and Bush-era torture-intelligence policies) have been presented as vital in fighting the ‘Global War on Terror’, enmeshing governments of scores of nation-states, while challenging internationally established human rights to privacy and to freedom from torture and enforced disappearance. The book aims to synthesise what is known on relationships of influence between civil society and intelligence elites. It moves away from disciplinary silos, to make original recommendations for how a variety of academic disciplines most likely to study the relationship between civil society and intelligence elites (international relations, history, journalism and media) could productively cross-fertilise. Finally, it aims to create a practical benchmark to enable civil society to better hold intelligence elites publicly accountable.

This book will be of great interest to students of intelligence studies, surveillance, media, journalism, civil society, democracy and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Chapter One. Intelligence Elites and Civil Society: A New Research Agenda

Chapter Two. Civil Society, Intelligence Elites and Influence: A Systematic Review

Chapter Three. Theorising Intelligence Elite Public Accountability

Chapter Four. Studying Intelligence Elites, Civil Society, and Relationships of Influence

Chapter Five. The Torture-Intelligence Issue: Relationships of Influence During Journalism-as-Usual

Chapter Six. The Mass Surveillance Issue: Relationships of Influence During Whistle-Blowing

Chapter Seven. Conclusion: Towards Better Public Accountability of Intelligence Elites

About the Author

Vian Bakir isProfessor in Political Communication and Journalism at Bangor University, Wales. Her books include Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror (2013), Sousveillance, Media and Strategic Political Communication (2010) and (with David Barlow) Communication in the Age of Suspicion (2007).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL004000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POL036000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POL039000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Censorship
POL040000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POL066000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)