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Placebo scrutiny? Far-right extremism and intelligence accountability in Germany

Hillebrand, Claudia ORCID: 2019. Placebo scrutiny? Far-right extremism and intelligence accountability in Germany. Intelligence and National Security 34 (1) , pp. 38-61. 10.1080/02684527.2018.1540175

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The post-9/11 era has seen a proliferation of special, or one-off parliamentary inquiries into intelligence. This article examines the question of what quality such inquiries can achieve, exploring the scandal surrounding the case of the German far-right terrorist group National Socialist Underground (NSU). The article introduces a theoretical framework, with remit, rigor and reception as the key pillars of analysis. While special inquiries are often seen as a way of overcoming imperfections of the traditional accountability system, they can also create a placebo effect – an illusion of accountability which allows intelligence services to go uncontrolled under a blanket of democracy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Cardiff Law & Politics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0268-4527
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:27

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