Conspiracy Theories in the United States: More Commonplace than Extraordinary

Joanne M. Miller, Kyle L. Saunders

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ABSTRACT: In American Conspiracy Theories, Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent provide an important corrective to empirical work suggesting that conspiracy theories are the domain of paranoids. The authors provide convincing evidence that conspiracy endorsement is a motivated-reasoning process that connects conspiracy theories that buttress psychologically threatened identities to the ideological worldviews of those who feel anxious, alienated, or powerless.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalCritical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016


  • conspiracy theory
  • ideology
  • partisanship
  • political predispositions


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