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Trust and prosocial behaviour in a process of state capacity building: the case of the Palestinian Territories

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  • Andriani, Luca
  • Sabatini, Fabio

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This paper contributes to the literature by conducting the first empirical investigation into the determinants of prosocial behaviour in the Palestinian territories, with a focus on the role of trust and institutions. Drawing on a unique dataset collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample of the population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, we have found that institutional trust is the strongest predictor of prosociality. This result suggests that, in collectivist societies with low levels of generalized trust, the lack of citizens’ confidence in the fairness and efficiency of public institutions may compromise social order. The strengthening of institutional trust may also reinforce prosocial behaviour in individualist societies, where a decline in generalized trust has been documented by empirical studies.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 51003.

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Keywords: Institutional trust; generalized trust; prosocial behaviour; social capital; institutions; Palestine;

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  1. Sabatini, Fabio & Sarracino, Francesco, 2014. "Will Facebook save or destroy social capital? An empirical investigation into the effect of online interactions on trust and networks," MPRA Paper 53325, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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