Scotland and the politics of intelligence accountability

Colin Atkinson, Nicholas Steven Thomas Brooke, Brian Andrew Harris

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In a democratic society, accountability is the requirement for those in positions of power to provide answers to those whom they serve. Accountability depends, therefore, upon either the presence of an informed, inquisitive, and engaged public or an array of elected representatives with similar qualities who act on the public’s behalf. Although seemingly straightforward, accountability is not a simple administrative task; it poses a series of profound and fundamentally political challenges concerning the shape, composition, scope, power and limitations of any such regime
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity in a small nation
Subtitle of host publicationScotland, democracy, politics
EditorsAndrew W. Neal
PublisherOpen Book Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9781783742707
ISBN (Print)9781783742691
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Publication series

NameOpen Report Series
ISSN (Print)2399-6668
ISSN (Electronic)2399-6676


  • Scotland
  • Nationalism
  • Independence
  • Security


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