Conspiracy Theories are for Losers

  title={Conspiracy Theories are for Losers},
  author={J. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent and Bethany Torres},
What drives conspiracy theorizing in the United States? Conspiracy theories can undermine the legitimacy and efficacy of government policy, and sometimes lead to violence. Unfortunately prior studies on the topic have been anecdotal and impressionistic. For purchase on this problem, we attempt the first systematic data collection of conspiracy theories at the mass and elite levels by examining published letters to the editor of the New York Times from 1897 to 2010 and a validating sample from… Expand

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