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Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy

Rahul Sagar


This book examines the complex relationships among executive power, national security, and secrecy. State secrecy is vital for national security, but it can also be used to conceal wrongdoing. How then can we ensure that this power is used responsibly? Typically, the onus is put on lawmakers and judges, who are expected to oversee the executive. Yet because these actors lack access to the relevant information and the ability to determine the harm likely to be caused by its disclosure, they often defer to the executive's claims about the need for secrecy. As a result, potential abuses are more ... More

Keywords: executive power, national security, executive, state secrecy, whistleblowing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691168180
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691168180.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rahul Sagar, author
New York University