Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Political Science

Subjects

Populism -- United States, Tea Party movement, Occupy movement, Protest movements -- United States

DOI

10.15760/honors.2

Abstract

The rise of the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements has led to numerous debates on the true affect that these movements have on American politics, where they came from, what their future looks like, and what kind of movements the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements are. I will provide perspective on these debates by using a framework that has not yet been applied to a comparison of the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements. First, I will examine both of these movements through a political lens to determine the most appropriate classification for each of these movements. Then I will view both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements through an historical lens in order to demonstrate how previous American movements have influenced these two contemporary movements. The first chapter of this thesis answers the question "What is populism?" by providing a general profile of populism and what populism looks like within a democracy and why the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements should be considered populist movements. Then, in the second chapter, I will describe the seven different types of populism and which types fit the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements the best. Finally, in the third chapter, I will identify and explain previous American populist movements that are a part of the lineage of both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements. My conclusion will then discuss the future impact of these movements on politics, specifically the 2012 elections, based on the analysis within this thesis.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Political Science

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8098

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