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Economic Insecurity and Political Trust in the United States

Wroe, Andrew (2016) Economic Insecurity and Political Trust in the United States. American Politics Research, 44 (1). pp. 131-163. ISSN 1532-673X. E-ISSN 1559-7745. (doi:10.1177/1532673X15597745)

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Extant research demonstrates that citizens’ evaluations of national economic performance play an important role in determining trust in politicians and political institutions, whereas evaluations of their own economic situation play a lesser or even negligible role. Utilizing American National Election Studies data and more apposite measures of personal economic privation during an age of globalization and de-industrialization, this article finds that the extent to which citizens perceive themselves and their families to be economically insecure has a statistically significant and substantial negative effect on political trust. Indeed, the effect at least matches those of macroeconomic evaluations and party identification. This article therefore adds a new dimension to our understanding of the economy–trust nexus and contributes to the small but growing body of scholarship on insecurity’s effects on political behavior.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1532673X15597745
Additional information: Published on OnlineFirst on 7 August 2015
Uncontrolled keywords: trust in government; economic insecurity; risk; prospect theory; perceptions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Andrew Wroe
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2015 16:03 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:54 UTC
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