The Troublemaker's Teaparty: A Manual for Effective Citizen Action


212 pages
Contains Photos, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-86571-489-4
DDC 361.2'5




Reviewed by Agar Adamson

Agar Adamson is the author of Letters of Agar Adamson, 1914–19 and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.


Does your municipal council listen to you? If the answer is no, then
this book is for you. The author, who firmly believes that “we need
more active citizens,” provides step-by-step instructions on
organizing a pressure group for those who are upset by the actions or
inactions of politicians and public servants.

Topics covered include grassroots relationships, community organization
and democracy, preventing grassroots wilt, strategic action, and media
advocacy. Examples of real-life groups range from the Volunteer
Grandparents Society, to the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, to the
confrontational Guerrilla Gardening organization. In addition to four
appendixes that offer useful examples of how to make pressure politics
work, the book includes sidebars, a reading list and a number f useful
charts and photographs.

The Troublemaker’s Teaparty merits a place in public, school, and
university libraries.


Dobson, Charles., “The Troublemaker's Teaparty: A Manual for Effective Citizen Action,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 12, 2024,