Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, Joachim Scharloth und Laura Wong: The Establishment Responds. Power, Politics and Protest since 1945. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave 2012.

Whereas protest movements themselves have been analyzed widely by several disciplines in recent decades, the larger repercussions they caused with respect to the various institutions of society and international affairs have largely been neglected. When thinking of, for example, the pivotal years of public protest such as 1968 across the world or 1989 in Eastern Europe, it was, however, the perception of the ‘establishment’ which fre-quently posed as the embodiment of things to overcome and the major target of criticism. It is therefore rather surprising that the manifold institutional and social reactions to these protest phenomena have not yet been sufficiently and comparatively explored.

This volume fills this gap by examining the many ways in which political parties, the business world, foreign policy makers and the intelligence community experienced, confronted or even actively contributed to domestic and transnational forms of dissent. In doing so, the book evaluates the establishment’s interaction with protest movements in a larger social and cultural context, emphasizing the influence of historical trajectories on a national and international level.

The volume therefore presents an alternative framework that integrates all different kinds of actors such as institutionalized politics, the media, academics, law enforcement agencies etc. in order to understand how all parts of society are affected by or involved in the construction of protest phenomena. The contributions to this book are united by a trans-disciplinary interest to embed protest in larger historical and cultural transfor-mations, thereby coming closer to the historical significance of these movements and their role in long-term social and political changes during and after the bloc confrontations of the Cold War.

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