English title: Religiosity, Trust and Tolerance in Times of Recession. The Cases of Spain and Greece

Author(s): Theoni Stathopoulou - Anastasia Kostaki -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2014


In this chapter, we focus on the implications of the Eurozone debt crisis for social cohesion by analyzing the varying levels of trust and tolerance in two South European countries mostly affected by austerity measures. Spain and Greece are used as case studies in order to examine the factors affecting interpersonal trust, trust in institutions and tolerance for diverse others as well as tolerance for political extremes. Based on data drawn from the European Social Survey for the years 2009 and 2011, our analysis showed a significant decrease of institutional trust in both countries followed by an increase in interpersonal trust. Tolerance towards immigrants, especially those from poorer countries decreased mainly in Greece. In the case of Greece, religiosity has a negative impact on tolerance and social trust. Education was found to be the strongest predictor of trust and tolerance.

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To page no: 280

Anthology: The debt crisis in the Eurozone: Social impacts

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