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Fixing the FactsNational Security and the Politics of Intelligence$
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Joshua Rovner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448294

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448294.001.0001

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Politics, Politicization, and the Need for Secrecy

Politics, Politicization, and the Need for Secrecy

(p.185) [8] Politics, Politicization, and the Need for Secrecy
Fixing the Facts

Joshua Rovner

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins by summarizing key themes. This book has taken several steps toward a more complete understanding of intelligence–policy relations. It described the ideal type, in which intelligence analysts are free to work objectively and policymakers are free to challenge their work without being accused of inappropriate meddling. It also described the three major pathologies of intelligence–policy relations: neglect, politicization, and excessive harmony. Framing the issue around these basic problems can serve as the basis for continued research on intelligence-policy relations. Finally, it described a theory of politicization based on domestic politics. The remainder of the chapter discusses the primacy of domestic politics; the consequences of politicization; the contributions of studying intelligence-policy relations to international relations theory; and the expected decline in the quality of intelligence–policy relations and the role played by intelligence in strategy and policy over time.

Keywords:   intelligence agencies, intelligence–policy relations, politicization, domestic politics, international relations

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