Conspiracist rhetoric and populist rise
Populist movements and parties in Europe and beyond have been on the rise over the past 20 years. The same holds true for conspiracy theories. This is not a coincidence. Populist leaders resort to conspiracist rhetoric while a considerable part of their electoral base demonstrates its agreement. However, there are still several questions surrounding conspiracy theories, namely regarding their timing, ways of and reasons for manifesting as well as their consequences. Are conspiracist audiences right-wing or left-wing? Does anything change when populists come to power? How do people against these theories react? The EU-funded PACT project will analyse the role conspiracy theories play in the rise of populist movements in the US, Brazil, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Poland. The project will consider the significance of these theories for both leaders and party followers.
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Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
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