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More than a ritual dance. The Dutch practice of parliamentary oversight and control of the intelligence community

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Parliamentary oversight and control of intelligence and security services is complex, in theory as well as in practice. Because of the secrecy that surrounds their work, parliamentary control is essentially difficult. In this article the Dutch experiences in institutionalizing and practising oversight are explored. It will become clear that factors such as the structural makeup of the parliamentary committee for oversight, political culture, and the personal views of the Members of Parliament involved, decide to a large degree how often the committee convenes, what the atmosphere of the meetings is like, and what issues are on the table.

Affiliations: 1: PhD candidate and university lecturer, Institute for History of Leiden University Affiliate, Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Campus The Hague, Leiden University,


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