Institutional trust and welfare statesupport: on the role of trust in marketinstitutions
2013 (English)In: Journal of Public Policy, ISSN 0143-814X, E-ISSN 1469-7815, Vol. 33, no 3, 295-317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The importance of institutional trust for structuring welfare statesupport (WSS) has been advanced by several scholars. Yet, the thesis has notreceived convincing empirical support. We argue that the weak evidence observedby previous research is caused by the failure of not extending the analyticalframework beyond the study of public institutions. Using Sweden as a test case,our analytical framework covers trust in public institutions (TPI) and marketinstitutions (TMI). The main findings are: (1) TMI has a robust negative effecton WSS; (2) the expected relationship between TPI and WSS is strengthenedcontrolling for TMI; (3) TMI mediates the relationships between socio-economicvariables and WSS. These findings underline the importance of bringing in otherinstitutional configurations that are seen as conceivable alternatives to the state foradministrating social welfare, not the least in studies primarily interested in thelink between TPI and support for state-organised welfare.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Vol. 33, no 3, 295-317 p.
attitudes, institutions, market, public, trust, welfare state
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81915DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X13000160ISI: 000325698200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-81915DiVA: diva2:658883