What is secrecy? What is a state secret? Which state secrets deserve protection from disclosures? How are state secrets protected from disclosure? In this review, I use these questions as an organizing framework to review the richness of a very disparate, largely US-centric, but also multidisciplinary literature. In doing so, I highlight the social nature of secrecy - that it is a social construct with social effects and consequences - and the need for further research to unveil those rationalities that specific discourses on state secrecy put forward to legitimize the nondisclosure of state secrets.
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Lefebvre, Stephane. 2021. "State Secrecy: A Literature Review." Secrecy and Society 2(2). https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/secrecyandsociety/vol2/iss2/9