Start: June 29, 2009
End: July 3, 2009
Place: Warsaw (Poland)
European Survey Research Association
Citizen trust in social and political actors and institutions is currently a key area of concern for policy makers, social commentators and academic scholars around the world. Yet, despite the central position of trust in social and political theory and empirical research alike, its origins, conceptual status and socio-historical influence remain somewhat ambiguous. There is ambiguity about the meaning and validity of survey measures of trust. More importantly, there is confusion regarding the causes of varying levels of trust across individuals, time and societies and the consequences of declining trust for the effective functioning of social and political systems. This session invites papers which address these issues from a range of methodological perspectives. Papers which focus on the validity and reliability of survey measures of trust, or which apply novel analytical methods to existing survey data sets will be especially welcome.