Εμπιστοσύνη στους Θεσμούς

English title: Trust in Institutions

Author(s): Christina Varouxi - Nikos Sarris -

Language: Greek

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2011

Abstract

Trust in institutions is a necessary condition for democracy. It is considered as one of the main variables that count the distance between citizens and policy and is related with the function of political system and the quality of democracy. Low trust in the political system (politicians or institutions or both) suggests that one or some of its fundamentals is thought to be functioning poorly or that something is wrong. This article presents a review of European Social Survey;s (4th Round) findings in Greece concerning the trust of citizen in institutions. From a first point of view, it is observed a general lack of confidence of the respondents in political institutions such as politicians, political parties, the national and the European Parliaments. On the other hand, non representative institutions, such as police and justice, which act as control mechanisms and counterbalance anomy provoked inadequacies, are trusted more than political institutions. Finally, European Social Survey's data present an increasing lack of interest of citizens concerning the representation procedures and an advancing crisis of the political system.

From page no: 79

To page no: 96

Anthology: Institutions - Values - Practices: Interpretations of the ESS key findings (2008-2009)