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Social trust, political trust and civic engagement

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Research on social capital has often focused on interpersonal and political trust and how variation

    in these constructs across individual citizens and across countries is related to other aspects of social

    capital. Particular concern has been centred around the relationship between civic engagement and trust

    (Brehm and Rahn 1997) and also on the relationship between interpersonal trust and political trust

    (Newton 2001). In this paper we take advantage of structural equation modelling techniques that allow

    us to integrate both individual and country level information to explore the interrelations between

    social and political trust and civic engagement. We fit a series of models that begin by estimating

    the zero-order correlation between these constructs, qua latent variables, and then test for potential

    mechanisms that might explain the observed associations. Using a range of socio-demographic and

    personality variables, we find that the oft-cited link between trusting and civic engagement does not

    stand up well, while the correlation between political trust and interpersonal trust is relatively robust.

    We conclude by drawing out some conclusions from these results in relation to debates in social capital

    research.

Authors


  •   Allum, Nick (external author)
  •   Sturgls, Patrick (external author)
  •   Patulny, Roger

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Allum, N., Sturgls, P. & Patulny, R. 2007, ''Social trust, political trust and civic engagement'', European Survey Research Association (ESRA) 2007 Conference, European Survey Research Association, pp. 89-89.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1375

Start Page


  • 89

End Page


  • 89

Abstract


  • Research on social capital has often focused on interpersonal and political trust and how variation

    in these constructs across individual citizens and across countries is related to other aspects of social

    capital. Particular concern has been centred around the relationship between civic engagement and trust

    (Brehm and Rahn 1997) and also on the relationship between interpersonal trust and political trust

    (Newton 2001). In this paper we take advantage of structural equation modelling techniques that allow

    us to integrate both individual and country level information to explore the interrelations between

    social and political trust and civic engagement. We fit a series of models that begin by estimating

    the zero-order correlation between these constructs, qua latent variables, and then test for potential

    mechanisms that might explain the observed associations. Using a range of socio-demographic and

    personality variables, we find that the oft-cited link between trusting and civic engagement does not

    stand up well, while the correlation between political trust and interpersonal trust is relatively robust.

    We conclude by drawing out some conclusions from these results in relation to debates in social capital

    research.

Authors


  •   Allum, Nick (external author)
  •   Sturgls, Patrick (external author)
  •   Patulny, Roger

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Allum, N., Sturgls, P. & Patulny, R. 2007, ''Social trust, political trust and civic engagement'', European Survey Research Association (ESRA) 2007 Conference, European Survey Research Association, pp. 89-89.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1375

Start Page


  • 89

End Page


  • 89