English title: Trust in Politicians and Satisfaction with Government – A Reciprocal Causation Approach for European Countries
Author(s): Patrick Weber - Holger Steinmetz - Rüdiger Kabst -
Type: Journal article
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.
From page no: 392
To page no: 405
Journal: Journal of Civil Society