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Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region

Scott Radnitz


Conspiracy theories have come to play an increasingly prominent role in political systems around the world. In Revealing Schemes, Scott Radnitz moves beyond psychological explanations for why people believe conspiracy theories to explore the politics surrounding them, placing two questions at the center of his account: What leads regimes to promote conspiracy claims? And what effects do those claims have on politics and society? Focusing on the former Soviet Union—a region of the world where such theories have long thrived—he shows that incumbent politicians tend to make conspiracy claims to d ... More

Keywords: conspiracy theory, Russia, propaganda, misinformation, authoritarianism, hybrid regime, political rhetoric, political psychology, Georgia, Kazakhstan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197573532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197573532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Radnitz, author
Associate Professor of International Studies, University of Washington