The Politics of Torture

Authors: Lightcap, T.

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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 policylogjams 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 ofinformal 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.

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TRACY LIGHTCAP Professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at LaGrange College, USA.

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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


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Lightcap, Tracy

  • Questions, Designs, and Mechanisms

    Pages 11-35

    Lightcap, Tracy

  • Crisis and Opportunity in the United States and the Soviet Union

    Pages 37-72

    Lightcap, Tracy

  • Torture: From Informal Institution to Official Policy

    Pages 73-100

    Lightcap, Tracy

  • The Mechanism Fails: The United States and the Mexican War

    Pages 101-125

    Lightcap, Tracy

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Torture
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33922-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230339224
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11377-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29552-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 211
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