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Students' trust in political institutions

Carina Gunnarson

in Cultural Warfare and Trust

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076725
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076725.003.0006
Students' trust in political institutions

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This chapter presents descriptive statistics on students' trust in public institutions in Palermo. Distrust of government institutions is frequently mentioned in literature pertaining to the Mafia, and is often referred to in literature on southern Italy in general. The descriptive statistics presented in this chapter focus on students' attitudes to the state and its agencies, that is, their vertical trust. To what extent do students trust political institutions, for example the president, the mayor of Palermo, the political parties? What is their degree of trust in the police and the courts? Do they trust school? The statistics are based on the total samples of the two school surveys, distributed in October-November 2002 and February-March 2005. The chapter also looks at descriptive statistics regarding students' attitudes to the police and the concept of omertà and highlights differences or similarities between different socio-economic areas.

Keywords: political institutions; students; trust; public institutions; Palermo; distrust; vertical trust; police; omertà; Italy

Chapter.  5330 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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