National Security and Double Government by Michael J. GlennonWhy 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 Americas visible, Madisonian institutions - the President, 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 to operate 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 without confront 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. This paperback version features an Afterword that addresses the emerging danger posed by populist authoritarianism rejecting the notion that the security bureaucracy can or should be relied upon to block it.
Michael J. Glennon at “The National Security State and JFK” - conference.
Michael J. Glennon: National Security and Double Government
Ah, listen to that ominous phrase, the " Deep State. In other words, the situation is hopeless, but not serious. Is it really possible that the Madisonian republic, founded in and renewed in , is about to die? I turned to Glennon for answers because he has stomped a few grapes in the vineyards of Washington. Jefferson Morley: Has President Trump exposed the undemocratic character of our "double government"?
Public Choice. As a senator running for the office of president, Barack Obama was a harsh critic of the national security policies of President George W. Yet, once elected president, Obama continued, and expanded, the security policies of his predecessor. To resolve this puzzle, Glennon turns to a framework provided by William Bagehot, a nineteenth century British businessman and journalist, in his analysis of the evolution of the English Constitution. Bagehot noted that a dual set of institutions had emerged in Britain.
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Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law. Professor Glennon has served as a consultant to various congressional committees, the U. Professor Glennon is the author of numerous articles on constitutional and international law as well as several books. He has testified before the International Court of Justice and congressional committees. A frequent commentator on public affairs, he has spoken widely within the United States and abroad and appeared on Nightline, the Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered and other national news programs.
Why has U. And why does it matter? Yet their authority is largely illusory. Presidential control is nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. These officials manage the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies that are responsible for protecting the nation. Their primacy is the result not of some nefarious or even purposeful plotting, but rather of structural incentives imbedded deep within the American political system.