English title: Trust in Politicians and Satisfaction with Government – A Reciprocal Causation Approach for European Countries

Author(s): Patrick Weber - Holger Steinmetz - Rüdiger Kabst -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2017


Trust and satisfaction with the government are the most important indicators of a functioning democratic system. Scholars diverge in their opinions of whether satisfaction causes trust or vice versa or whether both variables reinforce each other simultaneously. This study applies an instrumental variable approach to shed light on this discussion. We employ a sample of 7166 individuals in 3 European countries (i.e., Germany, France, and Great Britain) obtained from the European Social Survey to test this reciprocal relationship. By comparing these three countries with fundamentally different political systems, we investigate the contingency of the reciprocal effect with regard to the political context. The results confirm the reciprocal relationship but reveal differences between the three investigated countries.

Volume: 13

Issue: 4

From page no: 392

To page no: 405

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2017.1385160

Journal: Journal of Civil Society

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