publication . Conference object . 2021

How do populism and conspiracy theories intersect? A case study of the populist radical left and right in France during the Covid-19 pandemic

Frigoli, Gilles; Ivaldi, Gilles;
  • Published: 10 Jul 2021
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
International audience; It is often assumed that conspiratorial thinking shares important affinities with the Manichean views of populism, and its profound distrust of elites and experts. Such connection between conspiracy theory and populism should be explored further, however, in order to shed light on the different ways in which they may be articulated in populist politics. Based on a qualitative case study of the populist radical left and radical right in France, this paper examines the interplay between conspiracy theory and populism during the Covid-19 crisis. We find that both populist parties have channelled the Covid-19 pandemic into their existing ideo...
free text keywords: populism, conspiracy theory, radical right, radical left, Rassemblement national, La France Insoumise, Covid-19, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, [SHS.SCIPO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Political science
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