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Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294735.001.0001

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Confidence in Political and Private Institutions

Confidence in Political and Private Institutions

(p.298) 10 Confidence in Political and Private Institutions
Citizens and the State

Ola Listhaug (Contributor Webpage)

Matti Wiberg

Oxford University Press

Examines patterns in public confidence in the major institutions of Western Europe during the decade of the 1980s. It first addresses some conceptual and theoretical issues about the measurement of confidence in institutions, and reviews the European Values Surveys used as data sources. It then presents evidence for the period 1981–90, and explores the factors that can account for the observed variations in the levels of confidence in various institutions, notably in respect of government and major companies. The finding that not all confidence levels move in tandem should direct attention to the possibility that inter‐institutional linkages might be important for determining overall confidence in the political order.

Keywords:   European Values Survey, public confidence, Western Europe

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