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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them$
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Joseph E. Uscinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.001.0001

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Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories in Great Britain and Europe?

Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories in Great Britain and Europe?

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(p.337) 22 Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories in Great Britain and Europe?
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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
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Hugo Drochon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0022

From JFK to the X-Files to Trump, are conspiracy theories the preserve of the United States? Drawing on two YouGov surveys—the first of their kind—in Great Britain in February 2015 and across Europe (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Sweden) in March 2016, this chapter shows that the British and Europeans are as likely to believe in conspiracy theories as are their American counterparts. The surveys suggest that political and economic exclusion are the greatest predictors of conspiracy theorizing. Policies that promote political and economic integration may therefore help reduce conspiracy theorizing.

Keywords:   conspiracy theory, American conspiracy theories, European conspiracy theories, British conspiracy theories, exclusion, equality

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