Tea Party Movement (United States)

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The Tea Party is a conservative movement in the US that surfaced in early 2009. Broadly defined, the Tea Party consists of a loose coalition of allied collective efforts aimed at reducing taxation, reining in the federal government's spending (e.g., bailout and stimulus monies), and opposing government involvement in health care and related social activities. However, many Tea Partiers have mobilized around additional conservative concerns, and it is difficult to provide a more precise goal or mission of the Tea Party because national and local Tea Party organizations differ considerably in their stated purposes. There are multiple national organizations, but no group is clearly dominant, and each of the local groups may have weak or no ties to the national organizations.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalThe Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements
StatePublished - Jan 14 2013


  • Tea Party movement
  • social movements


  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Politics and Social Change

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