The foundations of individuals’ generalized social trust: a review

Peter Thisted Dinesen, R.H.F.P. Bekkers

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This chapter reviews the literature on the causes of individuals' generalized social trust (trust in unknown others) from a wide-range of social science disciplines. We structure the review around two broad classes of explanations: dispositional explanations (trust as a disposition) and experiential explanations (trust as a response to individual experiences). Specific attention is paid to the potential for drawing causal inferences - based on quality of data, and the methods used - in the studies reviewed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrust in Social Dilemmas
EditorsPaul Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, Toshio Yamagishi
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780190630812
ISBN (Print)9780190630782
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameSeries in Human Cooperation
PublisherOxford University Press

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  • Governance for Society


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