English title: Ethnicity and Trust in National and International Institutions: Kurdish Attitudes toward Political Institutions in Turkey

Author(s): Ekrem Karakoç -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


As political trust literature has focused on its political and economical determinants, the linkage between ethnicity and trust in domestic and international institutions has been largely overlooked with a few notable exceptions. This study aims to underline this linkage and offer several hypotheses to test them in Turkish context. Using the European Social Survey conducted in 2008, this study finds that, though Kurds have low levels of trust in domestic institutions, their distrust is not uniform across all institutions. Second, it finds that Kurds are pro-international institutions; that is, compared to Turks, they hold higher trust in international institutions. Finally, it finds that, contrary to the studies on the winner/loser debate in long-standing democracies, winners in general and Kurdish winners, those who voted for the Justice and Development Party, the winning party in the 2007 election—are not distinguishable in their level of trust in political institutions from the rest of society.

Volume: 14

Issue: 1

From page no: 92

To page no: 114

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/14683849.2013.766986

Journal: Turkish Studies

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