Political consequences of conspiratorial thinking: evidence from 2016 Italian constitutional referendum

  title={Political consequences of conspiratorial thinking: evidence from 2016 Italian constitutional referendum},
  author={Moreno Mancosu and Riccardo Ladini and Salvatore Vassallo},
  journal={Acta Politica},
Recently, the literature has devoted increasing attention to beliefs in conspiracy theories. Among various aspects of the phenomenon, it was found that conspiratorial attitudes are associated with political behaviour. In Italy, previous research found that Five Star Movement and right-wing parties' voters tend to show higher levels of conspiratorial thinking than other voters. However, the relationship between conspiracism and vote choice remains obscure. By analysing an Italian panel survey… 
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