The Role of Religions and Conspiracy Theories in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes

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The Role of Religions and Conspiracy Theories in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes


  • Oliver Fernando Hidalgo Department of Politics, University of Münster, Germany
  • Alexander Yendell Research Institute Social Cohesion, Leipzig University, Germany


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Abstract:  This thematic issue asks about the role of religions and religious actors and conspiracy theories/theorists in democratic and authoritarian regimes in general. Special attention is given to the current Covid-19 pandemic, since the relevant state of emergency obviously endorses the persuasiveness of conspiracy theories and makes the comparison with religions necessary. In this respect, the challenges religious prejudices and conspiracy myths imply could even shed light on the problem of whether democracy or authoritarianism is the best regime to fight the Coronavirus successfully. The articles at hand answer these issues from interdisciplinary areas, particularly from political science, sociology, social psychology, and history.

Keywords:  authoritarianism; conspiracy ideology; conspiracy myths; conspiracy theory; Corona; Covid-19; democracy; pandemic; religion; religiosity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v10i4.6271


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