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The politics of torture /
Tracy Lightcap.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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x, 211 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
023011377X (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780230113770 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
023011377X (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780230113770 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
The research questions and the research design -- Crisis and opportunity in the United States and the Soviet Union -- Torture : from informal institution to official policy -- The mechanism fails : the United States and the Mexican War -- Torture and leadership projects -- Personality and leadership.
abstract
"Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents an explanation. Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their actions come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historical narratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted--the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror--and one where it was not--the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future"--
catalogue key
7814266
 
Include bibliographical references (p. [183]-202) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Tracy Lightcap is a professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at LaGrangeCollege. He has published articles on torture and interrogation policy, judicial politics and administration, comparative judicial politics, and judicial decision-making.
Reviews
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'Tracy Lightcap's analysis of comparative case studies of interrogation policy is a sophisticated work of scholarship, which is well written, well organized, and carefully sourced. His use of the framework of political time provides valuable analytical leverage in understanding the use of interrogation policy in different political regimes and in different historical eras.' - James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University, USA, and author of Torture as Public Policy
“Tracy Lightcap’s analysis of comparative case studies of interrogation policy is a sophisticated work of scholarship, which is well written, well organized, and carefully sourced. His use of the framework of political time provides valuable analytical leverage in understanding the use of interrogation policy in different political regimes and in different historical eras.”--James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University and author ofTorture as Public Policy
"Tracy Lightcap's analysis of comparative case studies of interrogation policy is a sophisticated work of scholarship, which is well written, well organized, and carefully sourced. His use of the framework of political time provides valuable analytical leverage in understanding the use of interrogation policy in different political regimes and in different historical eras."--James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University and author of Torture as Public Policy
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Summaries
Main Description
Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents an explanation . Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign policy logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their domestic policy initiatives come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to the creation of informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historical narratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted--the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror--and one where it was not--the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future.
Main Description
Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents anexplanation. Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their actions come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historical narratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted--the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror--and one where it was not--the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future.
Main Description
Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents an explanation . Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their actions come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historical narratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted--the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror--and one where it was not--the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future.
Library of Congress Summary
"Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents an explanation. Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their actions come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historical narratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted--the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror--and one where it was not--the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future"--
Long Description
Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents an explanation . Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their actions come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historical narratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted - the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror - and one where it was not - the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future.
Main Description
Why did it happen? Why did the United States begin to torture detainees during the War on Terror? Instead of an indictment, this book presents an explanation . Crises produce rare opportunities for overcoming the domestic and foreign policy logjams facing political leaders. But what if the projects used to address the crisis and provide cover for their domestic policy initiatives come under serious threat from clandestine opponents? Then the restraints on interrogation can be overwhelmed, leading to the creation of informal institutions that allow the official establishment of torture. These ideas are tested using comparative historicalnarratives drawn from two cases where torture was adopted - the War on Terror and the Stalinist Terror - and one where it was not - the Mexican War. The book concludes with some thoughts about how the United States can avoid the legal establishment of torture in the future.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figurep. vii
Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Questions, Designs, and Mechanismsp. 11
Appendix: Methods Used for Table 2.1p. 34
Crisis and Opportunity in the United States and the Soviet Unionp. 37
Torture: From Informal Institution to Official Policyp. 73
The Mechanism Fails: The United States and the Mexican Warp. 101
Torture and Leadership Projectsp. 127
Appendix: Personality and Leadershipp. 143
Conclusionsp. 147
Notesp. 163
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 203
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