Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

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

Hillebrand, Claudia 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
Item availability restricted.

[img] PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 10 May 2020 due to copyright restrictions.

Download (545kB)


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)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0268-4527
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2018
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 14:55

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics