1st Edition

The Policing of Transnational Protest

ISBN 9781138264120
Published February 27, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Having long been a neglected issue, the policing of protest began to attract considerable attention in the 1990s, climaxing in the events in Seattle of 1999. These protests and the changing political climate since September 11, 2001 mean that a new cycle of protest is challenging the concept of law and order and civil liberties. This book examines how new policing styles are developing using case studies from North America and Europe. The volume brings together researchers from a number of disciplines - sociology, criminology, political science and mass communication - who focus on new forms of political protest, policing and public order.

Table of Contents

Contents: Policing transnational protest: an introduction, Donatella della Porta, Abby Peterson and Herbert Reiter; The policing of global protest: the G8 at Genoa and its aftermath, Donatella della Porta and Herbert Reiter; Policing contentious politics at transnational summits: Darth Vader or the Keystone Cops?, Abby Peterson; The policing of transnational protest in Canada, Mike King and David Waddington; Aspects of the 'new penology' in the police response to major political protests in the United States, 1999-2000, John Noakes and Patrick F. Gillham; Negotiating political protest in Gothenburg and Copenhagen, Mattias Wahlström and Mikael Oskarsson; Formalizing the informal: the EU approach to transnational protest policing, Herbert Reiter and Olivier Fillieule; The policing of transnational protest: a conclusion, Donatella della Porta and Herbert Reiter; Bibliography; Index.

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Donatella della Porta is Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Italy. Abby Peterson is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Herbert Reiter is based at the European University Institute, Italy.


’Seattle, Washington, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Ottawa, Kananaskis, Genoa and Florence have all been played host to violent confrontations between police and anti-globalization protesters. This excellent collection of essays provides penetrating and fascinating analyses of those events and illuminating insights into why violence erupted. A 'must read' for academics, police professionals and protest organizers alike.' P.A.J. Waddington, University of Reading, UK 'As social movements and protests develop, a dark dance between protesters and police takes place. Della Porta and Reiter's volume gives deep insight into how these steps are sometimes choreographed and sometimes dramatically improvised - often leading to violence. This book represents the best social science thinking about protest policing. If that weren't enough, it also focuses on the compelling question of how local police confront transnational activists, illuminating cutting-edge questions of who leads the dance, who follows, and who chooses the tune.' Hank Johnston, Editor, Mobilization: An International Quarterly '...multidisciplinary approach, analytical focus and detailed descriptions make The Policing of Transnational Protest essential reading for those interested in new forms of political protest and public order policing.' Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management '...an important contribution...raise[s] new questions about the evolution of crowd control strategies in Western democracies.' Acta Sociologica 'As an outline of the strategic and tactical issues involved in the policing of mass demonstrations, this is essential reading for scholars, practitioners and policy makers in the fields of public and criminal law.' Journal of International Criminal Justice