This dissertation deals with the value conflict surrounding the police handling of political protest. During a political protest, the police are responsible for striking a balance between the maintenance of order and the protection of civil liberties.

The focus of the study is directed at the police planning prior to and their activities during the European Union summit meeting in Gothenburg in June 2001. Using institutional theory and concepts from the literature on policing political protest, the dissertation seeks to analyse which mechanisms and processes influenced the priorities, goals and perceptions held by the police. The dissertation aims at reaching an institutional understanding of how the Swedish Police dealt with the task that faced them and it contributes to the existing literature and knowledge on the police handling of these protest events. The dissertation tries to move beyond the common “blame-game” and other, more or less politicized and biased approaches in order to establish a balanced account of how and why decisions were made and events developed as they did.

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