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INPR 310: Work in Thought and Action


Dr. Joanna Simos


College of Global Studies


This paper seeks to understand the critical relationship between government officials, protestors, and social movements in the United Kingdom. A three-part case study will examine how the state of the government and legal regulations impact the implementation and outcome of protests or public demonstrations in major social movements. The government along with law enforcement plays a key role in the past, present, and future of how social movements utilize protests. Social movements and organizations must carefully consider the legal regulations surrounding public demonstrations as well as the legal consequences for infringing upon the legal regulations put into place. This study finds that a collaborative approach in which social movements and the government maintain a positive relationship establishes an environment for the effective use of the right to demonstrate and overall maintenance of public safety.