REVIEW: Democracy, Law and Security. Internal Security Services in Contemporary Europe


By Jean-Paul Brodeur, Peter Gill, and Dennis Töllborg, eds.  New York: NY:  Columbia University Press, 2003.  354 pages.


The academic attention to intelligence as a factor in international relations and domestic security has increased markedly in the last twenty years, and this book is a good example.  The editors of have drawn from papers presented at two symposia in Gothenburg, Sweden, that compare intelligence services in 10 countries:  Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  The various chapters look at historical, organizational, and political differences.  Of particular interest are the countries that only recently adopted a democratic form of government.  To facilitate comparison, the authors each comment, to varying degrees, on the same features—compartmentation, sources, doctrine, security, accountability, secrecy..

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