English title: Generalized Trust and Trust in Institutions in Confucian Asia

Author(s): Soo Jiuan Tan - Siok Kuan Tambyah -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2011

Abstract

This study examines generalized trust and trust in institutions in Confucian Asia, covering six countries namely, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, and one dependent region, Hong Kong. Using data from the 2006 AsiaBarometer Survey, our study affirms the reliability and validity of using a two-item scale to measure generalized trust. Our analysis suggests that due to demographic differences, there are variations in the level of generalized trust of countries in Confucian Asia, despite the fact that these societies share a similar background in Confucian philosophy. The relationships between generalized trust and political trust, and between generalized trust and trust in public institutions, are weak but positive. The positive relationship between generalized trust and trust in economic institutions is only significant for some of the economies, while trust in international institutions has the weakest relationship with generalized trust for all societies. We conclude the paper with research implications.

Volume: 103

Issue: 3

From page no: 357

To page no: 377

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11205-010-9703-7

Journal: Social Indicators Research

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