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Why are conspiracy theories popular? There’s more to it than paranoia.

Uscinski, Joseph E. (2013) Why are conspiracy theories popular? There’s more to it than paranoia. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (26 Jun 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Conspiracy theories have long played a part in political debates. Following the recent meeting of the Bilderberg group in Watford, Joseph E. Uscinski assesses why the popularity of conspiracy theories has proven so resilient. He argues that some of the most common explanations, such as the notion that a belief in conspiracy theories reflects psychological defects like paranoia or mental illness, do not stand up to scrutiny. Rather conspiracy theories gain traction simply because many people are predisposed to viewing the world in conspiratorial terms.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 00:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72566

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