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August 2015, 165, 61/8x91/4, eBook/Hardcover
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Imprint: Praeger
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Politics, Law, and Government/General
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Current Events and Issues/Politics and Government

The Tea Party Divided

The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement

Heath Brown

1 Volume

Since the Tea Party exploded onto the American political scene, it has matured and changed, but the differences that now exist within the movement are largely unacknowledged. A more nuanced understanding is called for. Previous treatises have sought explanations for the rise of the movement and focused primarily on its early days. This book, in contrast, focuses on understanding the diversity within the party, challenging the notion that the Tea Party is a homogeneous political movement defined mainly by its ultra-conservatism, regionalism, and rigid political orthodoxy.

To accurately depict the Tea Party as it exists today, the book explores how the party evolved from its first phase to its second, examining important distinctions in terms of who has joined and who has served in Congress and other offices. Differences in Tea Party organizations around the country are examined and their funding sources considered. The book also explores the political positions taken by Tea Party members, looking at the voting records of party legislators to see if they've adhered to stated movement objectives. Finally, and perhaps most intriguingly, the author speculates on what this all means and suggests possible futures for the diverse Tea Party strands.

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Looks at the differences in Tea Party organizations around the country, including their funding sources


Analyzes the political positions taken by party members and the voting records of congressional Tea Party legislators


Shows the variations among Tea Party members, including regional, gender, and issue differences


Analyzes Tea Party campaign spending and funding sources


Offers predictions about the party's future


Heath Brown, PhD, is assistant professor of public policy at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, New York, NY. He is author of Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition and Praeger's The Tea Party Divided: The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement. He is also reviews editor for Interest Groups & Advocacy.

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