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The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism$
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Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832637.001.0001

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Mobilized Grassroots and Roving Billionaires

Mobilized Grassroots and Roving Billionaires

The Panoply of Tea Party Organizations

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The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

Theda Skocpol

Vanessa Williamson

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the organizations and networks that make up the Tea Party, drawing on publicly available evidence, in-depth personal interviews, and local observations. It starts with the efforts of the grassroots organizers who moved during 2009 and 2010 from sparking rallies to creating regularly meeting Tea Party groups across the country. It then looks in greater detail at the Tea Party-linked national organizations that operate with backing from right-wing billionaires and other wealthy people. These top-down organizations not only created or directly control the Tea Party, but are also effectively leveraging grassroots activism to gain new advantages in durable crusades to remake the Republican Party and shift legislative agendas at all levels of US government.

Keywords:   Tea Party groups, right-wing Republicans, grassroots organizers, top-down organizations

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