Tea Party Movement, From a Protest Group to an Influencer

Filip Stancel, Robin Dickheiwer, Magnus Gustav da Silva Georg Jensen, Jakob Kirkegaard Thomsen & Herve Butoyi

Student thesis: Basic Project


This project aims to research the Tea Party in the United States. Our main concepts include the history of the Tea Party, that has led to the movement it is today, the main supporting factors involved in making the Tea Party a noticeable political movement, and understanding the political legitimacy of the movement. We have used various sources to examine the different viewpoints on the Tea Party and its values, varying from primary sources like the “manifesto” written by Tea Party leaders, to journalist articles from various news sources. Through interpreting all these sources we have concluded that the Tea Party’s success stems from an anti-establishment movement, which is not satisfied with the federal government’s actions in the United States. We have also established that no political movement has a very high chance of breaking through with political goals and values without proper funding. This is very much the case with the Tea Party as well. Using Max Weber’s forms of political legitimacy, we have also concluded that the Tea Party and its personalities has had a lot of success using charismatic legitimacy, and used it to enter the political stage in America. From the likes of Rick Santelli and Sarah Palin, it has then transformed into legal-rational legitimacy when Congresswoman Michele Bachmann expressed her support for the Tea Party caucus, leading to their successful 2010 midterm election, where 42 seats were connected with strong supporters of the Tea Party.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Social Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date18 Dec 2017
Number of pages46
SupervisorsTatiana Fogelman