Managing public protest has become an important feature of the neoliberal strategy. Reducing the capacity of unions and protest movements to organise and demonstrate, expanding police powers and increasing the authority of technocrats to manage the economy are all part of the repertoire. Ironically, neoliberals who prided themselves in the free market and limited government have been happy to use the instruments of government to quell dissent. Have they succeeded, asks Dennis Phillips, in his review essay of Alasdair's Roberts book The End of Protest in the Australian Review of Public Affairs (489).
Book Title: The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Contain Dissent
Publisher: Cornell Selects, Cornell University Press
Date Published: 2013
Author: Alasdair Roberts
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