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Alexander Libman

Alexander Libman is a professor of social sciences and eastern-European studies at the Institute of Sociology of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. An economist by training, he worked at the intersection between economics, political science, and sociology in the last years. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Mannheim and, before joining the LMU Munich, was an assistant professor of international political economy at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs SWP in Berlin. His research interests focus on the political economy of authoritarian regimes, with a special attention to Russia and China, including analysis of the informal power structures, domestic, and international tools of preserving authoritarian stability.

References to the research on conspiracy thinking by him include:
(with Björn Vollan) “Anti-Western Conspiracy Thinking and Expectations of Collusion: Evidence from Russia and China”. BOFIT Discussion Papers, no. 14, 2015,
(with Loukas Balafoutas, Vasileios Selamis, and Björn Vollan) Exposure to Conspiracy Theories in the Lab. Ludwig Maximilans Universität Munich, University of Innsbruck, and University of Marburg, 2017.

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