English title: National Identity and Political Trust

Author(s): Mikael Hjerm - Linda Berg -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2010

Abstract

This article set out to test the theoretically almost taken for granted assumption that a minimum form of cohesion amongst the members of society is needed in order for political institution to exist over time. The problem is that it is rare to find any specifications of the content of the national cohesion to be effective. The debate goes from thin to thick forms of cohesion. We aim to test this idea by examining how two forms of collective national identity (ethnic and civic) affect individual political trust in 19 European countries. We conclude that a strong civic national identity has positive impact on political trust whereas a strong ethnic national identity has negative impact on political trust. Individual data comes from the European Social Survey 2004 (ESSII).

Volume: 11

Issue: 4

From page no: 390

To page no: 407

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/15705854.2010.524403

Journal: Perspectives on European Politics and Society