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Economic and Other Determinants of Political Trust


  • William DiPietro

    (Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226, United States)


Political trust is important for the effective functioning of government. This paper uses cross country regression analysis to see whether three different measures of economic performance matter for political trust. The results lend support to the hypothesis that political trust is influenced by economic growth, the standard of living, and the appropriate use of government spending. In addition, the paper considers two institutional variables, perceived independence of the judiciary and the degree of democracy to assess their effect on political trust. It finds that perceived judicial independence has a positive effect on political trust, but democracy has a negative effect.

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  • William DiPietro, 2013. "Economic and Other Determinants of Political Trust," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science, Society for the Study of Business & Finance, vol. 2(1), pages 1-6, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:2:y:2013:i:1:p:1-6

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    1. Miller, Rebecca, 2015. "Natural resource extraction and political trust," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 165-172.


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