English title: The Relationship Between Trust and Political Participation: A Comparison of Four Nations

Author(s): Rengin Firat -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012

Abstract

Previous literature has observed that trust has a strong relationship with political par- ticipation. However, research rarely takes into account the multi-dimensional nature of trust or participation and is often limited to Western nations. By using the European Social Survey Round 2 (2004), this paper examines the relationship between different dimensions of trust (vertical and horizontal) and political participation (traditional and non-traditional) in four nations that depart from each other in terms of political stability and economic security: the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway and Turkey. Results show that while different dimensions of trust (horizontal and vertical trust) have distinct impact on political participation depending on the type of participation, the strength of the relationship between trust and participation is similar across countries with different levels of political stability and economic security with a few exceptions.

Volume: 15

Issue: 2

From page no: 45

To page no: 76

Refereed: Yes

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Journal: Sosyoloji Arastirmalari Dergisi (Journal of Sociological Research)