English title: Why There is Basically Only One Form of Political Trust

Author(s): Marc Hooghe -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2011


Fisher et al. have argued in this journal that various forms of political trust should be distinguished. In this note I critically review this assertion. A replication study of the British Election Study demonstrates clearly that political trust is a one-dimensional attitude, as citizens apparently do not distinguish between the functioning of various political institutions. An explanation for this pattern could be that political trust judgements reflect the prevailing political culture within a political system. It can rightly be assumed that political culture is a system characteristic that will guide the behaviour of most political actors and institutions.

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

From page no: 269

To page no: 275

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1111/J.1467-856X.2010.00447.X

Journal: British Journal of Politics & International Relations

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