Intelligence Theory

Key Questions and Debates

Edited by Peter Gill, Stephen Marrin, Mark Phythian

© 2009 – Routledge

242 pages

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About the Book

This edited volume brings together a range of essays by individuals who are centrally involved in the debate about the role and utility of theory in intelligence studies.

The volume includes both classic essays and new articles that critically analyse some key issues: strategic intelligence, the place of international relations theory, theories of ‘surprise’ and ‘failure’, organisational issues, and contributions from studies of policing and democratisation. It concludes with a chapter that summarises theoretical developments, and maps out an agenda for future research. This volume will be at the forefront of the theoretical debate and will become a key reference point for future research in the area.

This book will be of much interest for students of Intelligence Studies, Security Studies and Politics/International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction Peter Gill, Stephen Marrin, and Mark Phythian 1. An Historical Theory of Intelligence David Kahn 2. Intelligence as Risk Shifting Michael Warner 3. Sketches for a Theory of Strategic Intelligence Loch K. Johnson 4. Intelligence Theory and Theories of International Relations: Shared world or separate worlds? Mark Phythian 5. Theory of Surprise James Wirtz 6. Analysis, War, and Decision: Why intelligence failures are inevitable Richard Betts 7. Intelligence in a Turbulent World: Insights from organization theory Glenn Hastedt and B. Douglas Skelley 8. Intelligence Analysis and Decision-Making: Methodological challenges Stephen Marrin 9. Defending Adaptive Realism: Intelligence theory comes of age Jennifer Sims 10. Policing, Intelligence Theory and the New Human Security Paradigm: Some lessons from the field James Sheptycki 11. Theory and Intelligence Reconsidered Philip H. J. Davies 12. Theories of Intelligence: Where are we, where should we go and how might we proceed? Peter Gill

About the Editors

Peter Gill is Research Professor in Intelligence Studies at the University of Salford.

Stephen Marrin is an Assistant Professor in the Intelligence Studies Department at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Mark Phythian is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester.

About the Series

Studies in Intelligence

The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL028000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
POL036000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence