Le tea party français: Mirror movements and grassroots protest

Robert Busby, Paddy Hoey

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    The presence of grassroots social protest movements which agitate against economic concerns is a prevalent issue in modern politics. While populism on both the political left and right is evident in national electoral contests there also exists activism at the grassroots level. The campaigns of the Bonnets Rouges in Brittany witnessed many ideas and understandings similar to the Tea Party protests in the United States. Both founded movements based upon historical nostalgia, both mobilised against economic discontent and both perceived themselves to be rooted outside the conventional political parameters of left and right. In this article we examine whether there is evidence of movements learning from one another and how peer-peer observation of grassroots activism may influence activist organization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)84-100
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Comparative Politics
    Issue number1
    Early online date31 Jan 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


    • Bonnets Rouges
    • Economic protest
    • Grassroots activism
    • Social movements
    • Tea Party


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