English title: The State and the Development of Social Trust

Author(s): Francisco Herreros - Henar Criado -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


The role of the state in the promotion of social or generalized trust is one of the most important ongoing topics in social capital research. We suggest that the state can play a positive role in the creation of social trust as a third-party enforcer of private agreements. This positive effect depends on the efficacy of the state. We also argue that the effects of the state on social trust will be unevenly distributed among majoritarian and minoritarian ethnic groups. These hypotheses are tested using the European Social Survey (2002—03) and confirmed for a dataset of 22 European countries.

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

From page no: 53

To page no: 71

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0192512107083447

Journal: International Political Science Review

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