English title: The Decline of Political Trust in Spain and Portugal Economic Performance or Political Responsiveness

Author(s): Mariano Torcal -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


This article deals with the problem of the increasing distrust in institutions in European democracies, paying special attention to countries such as Spain and Portugal, which are being severely harmed by the current economic crisis and the austerity measures imposed by supranational organizations such as the European Union and implemented by their respective national governments. Contrary to the purely political-economic paradigm, the present article, based on panel survey data gathered during the years 2011 and 2012 in Spain and Portugal, shows that this deterioration is due principally to the negative perception of the political responsiveness of representative institutions and aggravated by the increasing perception of political corruption. Multilevel governance and the present economic crisis are challenging representative institutions, but their functioning and elite misbehavior during the crisis are the main explanations of increasing citizen distrust in such institutions.

Volume: 58

Issue: 12

From page no: 1542

To page no: 1567


DOI: 10.1177/0002764214534662

Journal: American Behavioral Scientist

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