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Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump

Authors: Hellinger, Daniel C.

  • Makes the case that Trump’s presidency demands that conspiracies and conspiracy theories be taken more seriously by political scientists and academics, not simply discarded as social paranoia
  • Argues that conspiracies are connected in important ways to fake news, political corruption, surveillance of citizens, and other threats to democracy in the age of Trump
  • Finds paranoid conspiracy theories are as likely to be peddled by elites as by populist movements
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This book focuses on the constant tension between democracy and conspiratorial behavior in the new global order. It addresses the prevalence of conspiracy theories in the phenomenon of Donald Trump and Trumpism, and the paranoid style of American politics that existed long before, first identified with Richard Hofstadter. Hellinger looks critically at both those who hold conspiracy theory beliefs and those who rush to dismiss them. Hellinger argues that we need to acknowledge that the exercise of power by elites is very often conspiratorial and invites both realistic and outlandish conspiracy theories. How we parse the realistic from the outlandish demands more attention than typically accorded in academia and journalism. Tensions between global hegemony and democratic legitimacy become visible in populist theories of conspiracy, both on the left and the right. He argues that we do not live in an age in which conspiracy theories are more profligate, but that we do live in an age in which they offer a more profound challenge to the constituted state than ever before.

About the authors

Daniel C. Hellinger is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Webster University, USA. He has previously published: “Paranoia, Conspiracy, Hegemony in American Politics” in Transparency and Conspiracy: Ethnographies of Suspicion in the New World Order (2003) and “Conspiracy Theory and the Paranoid Style” in American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia (2015), and co-authored The Democratic Façade (2nd edition, 1991). His most recent books are Comparative Politics of Latin America: Democracy at Last? (2014), Global Security Watch: Venezuela (2012), and, as co-editor and contributor, Bolivarian Democracy in Venezuela: Participation, Politics and Culture (2011).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Conspiracy Theory Versus Theorizing Conspiracy

    Hellinger, Daniel C.

    Pages 1-37

  • Paranoia, Conspiracy Panic, and the Regime of Truth

    Hellinger, Daniel C.

    Pages 39-77

  • Trumpism, Fake News and the “New Normal”

    Hellinger, Daniel C.

    Pages 79-103

  • Suspicious Minds, the 2016 Election and Its Aftermath

    Hellinger, Daniel C.

    Pages 105-139

  • Globalization, Populism, Conspiracism

    Hellinger, Daniel C.

    Pages 141-184

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98158-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98157-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98158-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98158-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98157-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 300
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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