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Spies and Their Masters

by Matteo Faini

Spies and Their Masters Synopsis

This book delves into the secret histories of the CIA, the FBI, and British and Italian intelligence to study how policymakers can control intelligence agencies and when these agencies will try to remove their own government. For every government they serve, intelligence agencies are both a threat and a necessity. They often provide vital information for national security, but the secrets they possess can also be used against their own masters. This book introduces subversion paradox theory to provide a social scientific explanation of the unequal power dynamic resulting from an often fraught relationship between agencies and their 'masters'. The author also makes a case for the existence of 'deep state' conspiracies, including in highly developed democracies, and cautions those who denounce their existence that trying to control intelligence by politicizing it is likely to backfire. An important intervention in the field of intelligence studies, this book will be indispensable for intelligence professionals and policymakers in understanding and bridging the cultural divide between these two groups. It will also make for a fascinating and informative read to scholars and researchers of diplomacy, foreign policy, international relations, strategic and defence studies, security studies, political studies, policymaking and comparative politics.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780367407629
Publication date: 11th August 2020
Author: Matteo Faini
Publisher: Routledge India an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 130 pages
Categories: Intelligence & reasoning, Armed conflict, Politics & government, Politics & government, Politics & government, Politics & government, Peace studies & conflict resolution, Peace studies & conflict resolution,

About Matteo Faini

Matteo Faini works for the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He has a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, and was previously a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

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