Political trust and historical legacy: the effect of varieties of socialism

Dimitrova-Grajzl, V. and Simon, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1174-8650, 2010. Political trust and historical legacy: the effect of varieties of socialism. East European Politics & Societies, 24 (2), pp. 206-228. ISSN 0888-3254

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This paper, unlike the vast existing literature on political trust, focuses on trust in post-socialist countries, and more specifically on their emerging elites, rather than on their general populations. Studying emerging elites is important in the context of establishing democracy and the survival of democracy. We stipulate that political trust is significantly determined by historical legacy: type of socialist regime, accounting for path dependence and thus, for pre- socialist legacies. Utilizing individual-level data from an institutional survey, we find that distinguishing between different types of socialism is instrumental in explaining trust of emerging elites. Our findings have implications for policies aimed at fostering political trust in post-socialist countries and more importantly for discerning future patterns of political and social developments.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: East European Politics & Societies
Creators: Dimitrova-Grajzl, V. and Simon, E.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2010
Volume: 24
Number: 2
ISSN: 0888-3254
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Aug 2019 08:26
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 08:26
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37285

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