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Revealing SchemesThe Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region$
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Scott Radnitz

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197573532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197573532.001.0001

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Disaffection, Disinformation, and Democracy

Disaffection, Disinformation, and Democracy

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(p.173) 9 Disaffection, Disinformation, and Democracy
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Revealing Schemes
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Scott Radnitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197573532.003.0010

This chapter reviews the main findings of the book and then shifts the focus beyond the post-Soviet region. It first discusses what the argument contributes to ongoing debates in political science about how regimes spread and manipulate information. It then considers the evolution of conspiracism in two imperfect democracies: Turkey, which bears a surface resemblance to cases covered in this book, and then the United States, a country with a venerable history of popular belief in conspiracy theories. Despite being a well-established democracy, recent developments indicate that conspiracy claims have moved fully into the political mainstream. It then discusses the implications of Russia’s export of conspiracy theories, a practice initially intended to influence opinion in the near abroad but then expanded globally. Finally, it considers the implications of this book’s arguments for democracy and governance today.

Keywords:   conspiracy theory, Russia, propaganda, dictator, signaling, Turkey, Donald Trump, active measure, democratic decline

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