'A powerful dissection of the ways that the policing of protests have been transformed over the last decade' -- The Bullet 'A must-read for all who care about freedom of speech and see protest and public demonstration as a necessary and legitimate means of protecting democracy' -- Howard F Morton. QC., Barrister 'Shows clearly that the police wing of the state takes very seriously its task of understanding and defeating social resistance to austerity. Those engaged in that resistance would do well to return the favour. This book provides an excellent source of knowledge and insight into how the not-so-thin blue line thinks and operates' -- John Clarke, Organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
'A hard-hitting, insightful, and well-researched analysis of the changing forms of protest policing' -- Willem de Lint, professor of criminal justice, Flinders University 'An engaging and sophisticated study of protest policing, which exposes the threat such policing poses to democracy and the neoliberal dynamics that have made it a preferred strategy for repressing the 99% whenever they challenge the 1%' -- William K. Carroll, professor of sociology, University of Victoria
'Sheds light on the economic and political roots of police brutality against legitimate social movements. Unfortunately, this is what our 'democracy' looks like' -- Francis Dupuis-Deri, professor of political science, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, and member of the Observatory on racial, social, and political profiling in the public space.
'A welcome contribution to the literature on the sociology of policing more generally. Smart, erudite, and empirically grounded, Wood's perspective on policing protest exposes deeper, often under-explored, theoretical dimensions of the politics of policing' -- James Sheptycki, Professor of Criminology, York University 'A balanced, detailed and convincing look at global policing. This is a necessary and rare account that is vital for anyone interested in protest policing and its increasing militarisation, as well as wider forms of global social control under neo-liberalism' -- Nina Power, University of Roehampton, co-founder of Defend the Right to Protestshow more