Conspiracy & Populism - The Politics of Misinformation
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“In this thoughtful and engaging book, Bergmann masterfully weaves together research findings from diverse disciplines to show how right-wing populists utilize conspiracy theories to achieve their political agendas.” (Professor Karen Douglas, University of Kent, UK)
“Recent decades have seen a disturbing convergence of populism and conspiracy theory. The populist rhetoric of conspiracy theory has found a home in the White House and the Kremlin, and fears of an Islamist conspiracy to take over Europe have played into Brexit and the rise of the nationalist populism in France and elsewhere. Bergmann’s timely book provides a clear and readable analysis of how and why populism and conspiracy are connected, and what this means for politics today.” (Professor Peter Knight, The University of Manchester, UK)
“The close connection between populism and conspiracy theory has often been observed but never systematically explored. Eirikur Bergmann’s important book closes this gap, as it puts the relationship centre stage for the first time. It will thus shape the debate on both phenomena for some time to come.” (Professor Michael Butter, University of Tübingen, Germany)
Identifies specifically right-wing populist conspiracy theories
Analyses the rapid proliferation of conspiracy theories
Eirikur Bergmann is Professor of Politics at Bifrost University, Iceland, and Director of its Centre for European Studies. He is the author of eight academic books and three novels. He is a frequent commentator in the media on politics and European affairs.
"Conspiracy & Populism enters into dialogue with political science, communication studies and psychology. It offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of CTs, their links to populism and their potential impact on traditional political processes. Thanks to its interdisciplinary approach and its competent review of the literature, Bergmann's work will prove particularly useful to students and early career researchers interested in taking populism and CTs seriously." (Tatiana Coutto, The International Spectator, Vol. 54 (2), 2019)