English title: Structural Determinants of Trust in Public Institutions: Cross-National Differentiation

Author(s): Kazimierz M. Slomczynski - Krystyna Janicka -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2009

Abstract

The aim of this article is to present the structural determinants of prodemocratic attitudes expressed through trust in democratic institu¬tions: political parties, parliament, and the judiciary system. We present statistical analyses in which trust is regressed on the social stratification position measured by education, occupation, and income. These analyses are based on data from the European Social Survey (Round 3, 2006). The context for the relationship among individual-level variables is provided by “objective” assessment of the democracy level grasping its different aspects, and defined on the country level. The main result of this study is that the impact of social stratification position on trust in democratic institutions is greater in “old democracies” of Western Europe than in the postcommunist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It also establishes that the higher the country’s level of economic development the stronger the impact of the stratification position on prodemocratic attitudes.

Volume: 39

Issue: 1

From page no: 8

To page no: 29

Refereed:

DOI: 10.2753/IJS0020-7659390101

Journal: International Journal of Sociology

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