Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons by Hans BornGoverning the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons by Hans Born

Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons

EditorHans Born, Bates Gill, Heiner Hanggi

Hardcover | November 7, 2010

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'Go nuclear' or 'go zero'-as the international community stands at a nuclear crossroads, a number of questions demand urgent attention: How do established and emerging nuclear-armed states manage their nuclear affairs? Who commands and controls a country's nuclear forces? What effect does thebalance between secrecy and openness have on larger questions of security and democracy? Governing the Bomb is grounded in the belief that the public's ability to hold nuclear-armed states accountable for the security of their weapons is contingent on proper knowledge of domestic nuclear governance. With a special emphasis on civilian control and democratic accountability, it seeks toilluminate the structures and processes of nuclear weapons governance of eight nuclear-armed states: China, France, Russia, the UK and the USA as well as India, Israel and Pakistan. It examines the theoretical as well as practical functions and structures of those who possess the power to make nuclear decisions and those who have the practical means and physical opportunity to execute those decisions. While it assesses the whole spectrum of political oversight and controlmechanisms in operation for each country-including the roles and requirements of the executive, the military and specialized civilian institutions-it also takes a closer look at parliamentary institutions and civil society at large. As nuclear terrorism, proliferation and disarmament vie for the top slot on the global security agenda, a comparative understanding of the various national nuclear discourses is no longer optional, but required.
Hans Born (The Netherlands) heads the DCAF's Parliamentary and Legal Programmes. Born is an Executive Board Member of the European Research Group of Military and Society and in this capacity he coordinates research in civil-military relations in Europe. Additionally, he is guest lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology i...
Title:Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear WeaponsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:November 7, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199589909

ISBN - 13:9780199589906


Table of Contents

PrefaceList of AcronymsList of Tables and FiguresPart I: Introduction1. Hans Born, Heiner Hanggi and Bates Gill: IntroductionPart II: NPT Nuclear Weapon States2. Peter D. Feaver and Kristen Thompson: The United States3. Alexei G. Arbatov: Russia4. Bates Gill and Evan Medeiros: China5. Bruno Tertrais: France6. John Simpson and Jenny Nielsen: United KingdomPart III: Non-NPT Nuclear Weapon States7. Avner Cohen: Israel8. Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu: India9. Zafar Iqbal Cheema: PakistanPart IV: Conclusion10. Hans Born: ConclusionsList of ContributorsIndex