Title: A Comparative Analysis of the Relation between Political Trust and Forms of Political Participation in Europe
Authors: Hooghe, Marc ×
Marien, Sofie #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: European Societies vol:15 issue:1 pages:131-152
Conference: ECPR Joint Sessions edition:38 location:Münster date:22-27 March 2010
Article number: 10.1080/14616696.2012.692807
Abstract: In the literature, two competing claims can be found on the relationship between political trust and political participation. While some authors argue that trust is a prerequisite for any form of participation to occur, others claim that distrust can be a motivating factor for participation in non-institutionalised forms of participation. The social movement literature suggests that political trust will only have these behavioural consequences if it is associated with sufficiently high levels of political efficacy. In this article, we rely on the results of the 2006 European Social Survey for an in-depth analysis of the relationship between political trust and participation in 25 countries. The multi-level regression shows that while political trust is positively associated with institutionalised participation, it is negatively associated with non-institutionalised participation. Moreover, the effect of political trust on institutionalised participation is dependent on self-confidence about one’s capability to understand politics.
ISSN: 1461-6696
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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