English title: Trust Across Political Conflicts: Evidence From A Survey - Experiment In Divided Societies

Author(s): Mariano Torcal - Sergio Martini -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2014


In this study, we report on an on-line survey experiment carried out on national samples in Spain and Portugal in which we implemented multiple trust games. The results confirm that citizens’ interpersonal trust is heavily affected by partisan identities favoring in-group members trust over that of the out-group identifiers. This finding seems to be robust in both countries under study, although the partisan effect on trust seems to be stronger in Spain, a more polarized party system. The Spanish case also shows that partisanship is the political identity affecting interpersonal trust the most, followed by other important political divides such as the left-right ideological dimension and the national/regional cleavage. Additionally, trust gaps between political in and out-groups widen depending on the intensity of citizens’ political or social identities and their degree of politization.

Conference name: ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) General Conference

Location: Glasgow

Start date: Sep 3, 2014

Type: Paper

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