National Security and Double Government

Hardcover | October 22, 2014

byMichael J. Glennon

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Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? National Security and Double Government offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America's visible, "Madisonian institutions" - thePresident, Congress, and the courts. Their roles, he argues, have become largely illusory. Presidential control is now nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. The book details the dramatic shift in power that has occurred from the Madisonian institutions to a concealed "Trumanite network" - the several hundred managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies who are responsible for protecting the nation and who have come tooperate largely immune from constitutional and electoral restraints. Reform efforts face daunting obstacles. Remedies within this new system of "double government" require the hollowed-out Madisonian institutions to exercise the very power that they lack. Meanwhile, reform initiatives from withoutconfront the same pervasive political ignorance within the polity that has given rise to this duality. The book sounds a powerful warning about the need to resolve this dilemma - and the mortal threat posed to accountability, democracy, and personal freedom if double government persists.

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Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? National Security and Double Government offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America's visible, "Madisonian institutions" - thePresident, Congress, and the courts. Their ro...

Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Before going into teaching, he was the Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is the co-author of Foreign Relations and National Security Law, and the author of Constitutional Diplomacy, among other ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190206446

ISBN - 13:9780190206444

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. The Trumanite NetworkOriginsOperationThreat ExaggerationSecrecyConformism3. The Sources of Madisonian Illusion4. The Reality of Madisonian WeaknessThe JudiciaryThe CongressThe PresidencyA Case Study: NSA Surveillance5. Plausible Alternative Explanations for Policy ContinuityThe Rational Actor ModelThe Government Politics ModelThe Organizational Behavior ModelThe Network ModelConclusion: The Myth of Alternative Competing Hypotheses6. Is Reform Possible? Checks, Smoke, and MirrorsStrengthening systemic checksGovernment cultivation of civic virtue7. ConclusionIndex

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"National Security and Double Government is brilliant, deep, sad, and vastly learned across multiple fields - a work of Weberian power and stature. It deserves to be read and discussed. The book raises philosophical questions in the public sphere in a way not seen at least since Fukuyama's endof history." --David A. Westbrook, Del Cotto Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School