Implications and Innovations

Michael P. Colaresi

in Democracy Declassified

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199389773
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199397723 | DOI:
Implications and Innovations

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The concluding chapter reviews the secrecy dilemma and draws out several implications relevant to debates about national security leaks, institutional changes, innovations in oversight, and executive powers. Secrecy, classification, and transparency costs have been in the news, as the public has attempted to understand policies and technological leaps involving everything from drones to the tapping of telephones in the United States and abroad. Less noticed has been a trend towards stronger freedom of information laws and stronger legislative oversight around the world. The chapter discusses some challenges to effective oversight and the moves in some countries to create bodies of experts that report to Parliament. These innovations have come at a useful time, as a focus on improved retrospective oversight has the potential to reinvigorate bipartisan foreign policy cooperation in democracies without undercutting executive discretion in foreign policy decision-making.

Keywords: innovations; leaking; technology; legislative committee; executive power; polarization

Chapter.  8100 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations ; Comparative Politics

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