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Skocpol, Theda and Vanessa Williamson. 2012. The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Goneya, Don. 2013. “Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares to Fight”. Retrieved December 24, 2013. (http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/12/24/256859872/amid-declining-popularity-the-tea-party-prepares-to-fight) In The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, Vanessa Williamson and Theda Skocpol take an in-depth look high contentious Tea Party groups Williamson and Skocpol study the Tea Party using interviews and visits to local meeting in various states. From these interviews and observations they find that the ideologies that tea partiers hold will occasionally contradict what the public believes, but sometimes feeds public opinion of the controversial party. Skocpol and Williamson begin their book with an introduction of the Tea Partiers. In this chapter they introduce all those who they have interviewed. Many of who are just ordinary nice people. The Tea Party is, “best understood as a combination of three intertwined forces. Each force is important in it’s own right, and their interaction is what gives the Tea Party it’s dynamism, drama, and wallop” (Skocpol and Williamson, 12). Each of these forces is what Skocpol and Williamson mainly focus on in each chapter after the first chapter. The first force is grassroots activism. Grassroots activism is a key force behind the party and was a key proponent to start up of the movement. The second force is, “…national funders and ultra-free-market advocacy groups that seek to highlight and leverage grassroots efforts to further their long-term goal… pushing it towards the hard right on matters of taxation, public spending, and government regulation” (Skocpol and Williamson, 12). Lastly, the media plays a vital role in creating inclusiveness to those who share the same beliefs as the party. Each chapter the authors write are in...
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