The Tea Party and Civic Engagement in America
For her book The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, Theda Skocpol conducted grassroots interviews and visited local Tea Party gatherings throughout America. She discusses the past and future of the Tea Party movement and examines its dominant belief that benefits like Social Security and Medicare should be reserved for “real Americans” who have paid their dues by working and paying taxes.
Skocpol is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University.
Presented as this year’s Park University Hauptman Lecture.