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Conspiracy thinking is only dangerous when it mixes with extreme partisanship

Enders, Adam M. and Smallpage, Steven M. (2018) Conspiracy thinking is only dangerous when it mixes with extreme partisanship. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (14 Nov 2018). Blog Entry.

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Conspiracy theories about American politics are nothing new, but recent months have seen an upswing in their impact, after pipe bombs were mailed by a conspiracy theorist to high-profile figures with links to the Democratic Party. Adam M. Enders and Steven M. Smallpage write that conspiracy thinking is not dangerous in and of itself: most Americans have a tendency to be suspicious. But problems arise, they argue, when this conspiratorial thinking is activated by extreme political partisanship and polarization. People then begin to buy into conspiracy theories aimed at the opposing party, which can in turn lead them to take often violent actions.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 13:27
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 23:28

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