Fischer, Justina A.V. (2012): Globalization and Political Trust.
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This paper postulates that a country’s integration into the world economy may lower citizens’ political trust. I argue that economic globalization constrains government’s choice set of feasible policies, impeding responsiveness to the median voter. Matching individual-level survey data from 1981 to 2007, repeated cross-sections of altogether 260’000 persons from 80 countries, with a measure of a country’s degree of economic globalization for the same time period, I find that there is a trust-lowering impact of globalization; its magnitude, however, depends on whether or not the individual is informed about politics and the economy. Trustlowering effects of globalization are larger for those who have no interest in politics, are unwilling to indicate their political leaning, or who have low educational levels. Two-stage least squares regressions and a set of country and time fixed effects support a causal interpretation. Obviously, viewing the domestic government as accountable for its policies plays a decisive role for the relation between economic globalization and political trust. Robustness against country’s degree of economic development, past globalization and different time periods is tested.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Globalization and Political Trust|
|Keywords:||Political trust, social capital, globalization, international trade, openness, FDI, World Values Survey|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F15 - Economic Integration
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H41 - Public Goods
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D02 - Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
|Depositing User:||Justina AV Fischer|
|Date Deposited:||17. Feb 2012 15:55|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 19:53|
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