Explaining generalised trust

Hanna Bäck, Carina Gunnarson and Magdalena Inkinen

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:
Explaining generalised trust

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Drawing on panel data and multivariate regression analysis, this chapter explores possible change between two surveys: one conducted in 2002 and the other in 2005. The analysis is based on an index of trust that measures Palermo students' trust in persons who are not personally known to them. The chapter focuses on variables at the school level and the classroom level, for example openness of school structures, fairness of institutions, caring school environment, peer interaction, openness of classroom climate, and aspects of the school programme. Is it possible to see whether any of these institutional school variables have an impact on students' generalised trust? Is it possible to change students' values through civic education at a grass-roots level? The importance of institutions for the development of generalised trust has been analysed in several studies on social capital.

Keywords: Palermo; students; generalised trust; surveys; school environment; civic education; institutions; social capital; peer interaction; school structures

Chapter.  9637 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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