English title: Political Trust In Extremis

Author(s): Antonis A. Ellinas - Iasonas Lamprianou -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


Political trust can have a major impact on democratic politics by affecting political participation, institutional effectiveness, and policy choices. Given the significance of political trust for the functioning of democracy, it is important to know how the way citizens relate with political actors and institutions changes in times of extraordinary shock. Using Greece as a case, this article shows that during times of major distress, the way schools and hospitals are run—the “social” performance of government—has an important effect on political trust. This effect is stronger during extraordinary circumstances than under normal conditions. The evidence suggests that international creditors must pay more systematic attention to the administrative effectiveness of social welfare institutions rather than focusing solely on economic performance.

Volume: 46

Issue: 2

From page no: 231

To page no: 250

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.5129/001041514809387342

Journal: Comparative politics

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