Tea Party imitators? The campaign against the carbon tax, the media and a new uncivil politics

Ward, Ian (2015) Tea Party imitators? The campaign against the carbon tax, the media and a new uncivil politics. Australian Journal of Political Science, 50 2: 225-240. doi:10.1080/10361146.2015.1005571


Author Ward, Ian
Title Tea Party imitators? The campaign against the carbon tax, the media and a new uncivil politics
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-030X
1036-1146
Publication date 2015-03-19
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2015.1005571
Open Access Status
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 225
End page 240
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The Gillard government's decision to reverse an election promise to not introduce a carbon tax prompted protest rallies around Australia during 2011–12. Beneath the hyperbole of critics who dismissed these protests as imitating US Tea Party extremism lies an intriguing possibility: that these are each examples of a new form of right-wing political expression enabled by structural changes in the media. This article considers the nature of the anti-carbon tax ‘people's revolt’ and its resemblance to the Tea Party. Both are a hybrid mix of top-down control and bottom-up grassroots populism whose emergence ‘outrage media’ facilitated. In a manner that echoes the support Fox News gave Tea Partiers, talkback radio in Sydney appears to have played a particular role shaping the identity, agenda and uncivil tone of the campaign against the carbon tax.
Keyword anti-carbon tax protest
outrage media
Tea Party
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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