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The impact of welfare states on social trust: theoretical and empirical foundations

Tamilina, Larysa (2018): The impact of welfare states on social trust: theoretical and empirical foundations.

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Abstract

Based on the known mechanisms of trust formation, we analyze the relationship between the welfare state and social trust. Theoretical explanations show that, on the one hand, the state can destroy social trust through its negative impact on volunteering, individuals’ ability to cooperate, and a collective sense of responsibility. On the other hand, there are theories that argue about the possibility of synergy between the state and society, which are based on the idea that the state can keep the individual integrated when he or she is having difficulties, can provide a strong institutional framework within which trust deals can take place, and can foster voluntary associations from below.

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