Timing it 'right' by riding the 'tide': occupying the quartiles of contention on the pendulum of institutionalized conflict
Moen, Justin Richard
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The emergence of the Tea Party and of the Occupy Wall Street movements in the United States, creates an opportunity to better understand episodic political contention, social movements, and the relationship between these teriary elements of political conflict and macro-level sociopolitical change. Reasserting the 'Pendulum Effect' that has long been an indicative feature of American political behavior, and creating a model indicating how tertiary elements of political contention relate to institutionalized political conflict inherent in the electorate and institutions of government in the United States, this paper suggests that timing is of the essence when looking at the cases presented above. Occupy's `success' can be explained by their ability to propel a message of class warfare during a time of receptive public opinion, indicating that riding the changing `tide' in public preferences is just as effective, if not more so effective, as the formal institutionalization of political contention in contemporary public discourse.