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Rival Political Narratives – Project Compilation

For the final stage of our ‘Rival Political Narratives’ project, today we release with our partner Political Capital a compilation of articles and essays exploring the project’s themes. From Joël Gombin’s detailed survey analysis of conspiratorial thinking in France to Péter Krekó’s exploration of the rising influence of Jobbik in Hungary and Martin Sandbu’s discussion of the the Utøya tragedy in Norway, the compilation aims to provide a rich picture of conspiracy theories in a variety of European contexts. The compilation provides a taste of the work we have been conducting over the past two and a half years.

With the recent furore surrounding the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné in France, last year’s scandal in Hungary over the state award given to conspiracy theorist and journalist Ferenc Szaniszló, and the surge in support for some populist parties at the European Parliament elections, it appears that the context in Europe is still highly favourable for conspiracy theories. We hope that these different pieces can provide a guide for understanding why they have such appeal.

Download the publication here.

Read The Atlantic‘s analysis of conspiracy theories, which draws on our work, here.

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