To trust or to restrict?–mapping professional perspectives on intelligence powers and oversight in the Netherlands using Q-methodology

E. C. Oomens*, R. S. van Wegberg, A. J. Klievink, M. J.G. van Eeten

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Abstract

In recent years, the intelligence domain has transformed and become more cyber-oriented. This has been accompanied by governance reforms of intelligence agencies’ powers and oversight mechanisms. However, opinions on key points of these reforms diverge and diverging professional opinions may affect how reforms achieve intended goals. Using Q-methodology, this article identifies and analyses four distinct viewpoints that professionals in the Dutch intelligence community hold regarding intelligence powers and oversight thereof. This study was done in the context of recent reforms in the Netherlands and also considers how views on trust, privacy, and effectiveness play a role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-63
Number of pages24
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • checks-and-balances
  • intelligence accountability
  • intelligence oversight
  • intelligence powers
  • intelligence resources
  • national security
  • perspectives
  • q-methodology

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