Welfare State Consequences for Trust: More Political than Social?

Kumlin, Steffan; Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle; Haugsgjerd, Alte (2017). Welfare State Consequences for Trust: More Political than Social? In: Uslaner, Eric M. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust (pp. 385-408). Oxford: Oxford University Press 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190274801.013.8

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This chapter considers if and how social and political trust are affected by policy outputs and outcomes related to the welfare state. We survey how (dis)similar explanatory variables, causal mechanisms, and methodology are across four accumulations of studies. Specifically, we discuss contextual factors in “normal times” as well as effects of economic crises. We also assess individual-level factors focusing on “performance evaluations” and “personal experiences” of welfare state aspects and institutions. Overall, we find evidence for relationships between welfare state related variables and both types of trust. However, the evidence currently seems somewhat stronger and broader for political trust, suggesting that welfare state consequences for trust may well be “more political than social.”

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Oxford University Press




Isabelle Stadelmann

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14 May 2018 14:07

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14 May 2018 14:07

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