Filling accountability gaps: towards a theory of joined-up oversight

Defty, Andrew (2023) Filling accountability gaps: towards a theory of joined-up oversight. In: International Studies Association Annual Convention, 15-18 March 2023, Montreal.

Filling accountability gaps: towards a theory of joined-up oversight
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Existing studies of intelligence oversight have established the view that oversight takes places at different levels carried out by a range of institutions and actors drawn from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state as well as civil society. At each level oversight bodies are often seen as performing distinct and separate roles, as systems are designed to prevent overlap and provide the compartmentalisation necessary to ensure security. While the proliferation of actors involved in oversight may have enhanced intelligence accountability, if the mandates of different oversight bodies neither overlap nor intersect, this fragmented approach can lead to accountability gaps. It also runs counter to the ‘joined-up’ approach which has emerged in recent years as a means of improving policymaking in a range of different areas including national security. Drawing on examples from a number of states, this paper will examine the limitations of the current fragmented approach to oversight and question whether the principles of ‘joined-up’ policymaking might effectively be applied to intelligence oversight systems.

Keywords:Intelligence Studies, Intelligence oversight, Parliament, Political accountability
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L435 Security Policy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L231 Public Administration
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:54894
Deposited On:08 Jun 2023 15:10

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