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Taking Our Coverage Back: Media and the Rise of the New American Tea Party

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dc.contributor.advisor McGovern, Stephen J., 1959- Lewis, Heather 2014-04-29T13:54:13Z 2014-04-29T13:54:13Z 2011
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the influence of television media on social movement activism. The case study of the New American Tea Party was used to determine whether movement success is contingent on the favorability of media coverage the movement receives. Findings indicate that positive coverage is less important to a movement's ability to influence politics than extensive coverage. Moreover, a movement's access to resources impacts its ability to gain such coverage. Movements with connections to high-profile individuals and organizations are more likely to obtain frequent coverage, and are therefore more likely to achieve their movement goals.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Political Science
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Tea Party movement -- Press coverage
dc.subject.lcsh United States -- Politics and government -- Press coverage
dc.subject.lcsh Social movements -- United States -- Press coverage
dc.title Taking Our Coverage Back: Media and the Rise of the New American Tea Party
dc.type Thesis
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