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Partisanship, history, and people’s predispositions for believing in conspiracies are fuelling fears about Ebola

Parent, Joseph M. and Uscinski, Joseph E. (2014) Partisanship, history, and people’s predispositions for believing in conspiracies are fuelling fears about Ebola. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (10 Nov 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Recent weeks and months have seen rising fears about the spread of Ebola in the U.S. But the available evidence suggests that this is very unlikely. Why, then to people continue to be concerned? Joseph M. Parent and Joseph E. Uscinski look at the role that conspiratorial beliefs have played in people’s fears about Ebola. They write that for many, the Ebola outbreak is confirmation of conspiracy theories already held – that it is part of an Obama plot to ‘humble U.S. power or cancel elections, or that the pharmaceutical companies are somehow responsible. These beliefs are interacting with people’s partisanship and historical experiences to produce more fear about Ebola among large parts of the population.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors, USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 14:59
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60420

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