Archive WP2: The Transformation of Political Trust

Traditionally it is assumed that political systems are dependent on the presence of institutional or political trust within the population. Various authors, however, have argued that younger age groups tend to evolve toward ‘critical citzens’, rather than toward ‘trusting citizens’. The dynamics of political trust will be investigated, using a) the European Social Survey (2002-2004-2006) and b) our own panel survey we will conduct in 2009.