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Upending American politics (2020)

polarizing parties, ideological elites, and citizen activists from the Tea Party to the anti-Trump resistance

in: Oxford scholarship online

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Abstract

'Upending American Politics' offers a fresh perspective on recent, radical turns in American politics, from the Tea Parties starting in 2009 and anti-Trump resistance groups starting in late 2016. The volume provides insightful answers to key questions: Why has partisan polarization unfolded in a heavily rightward-tilted manner that sees Republicans embracing ever-more extreme positions? Why have widespread grassroots citizens movements erupted twice just eight years, and what impact have these movements had on the major political parties?