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Explaining the emergence of social trust: Denmark and Germany

Die Entstehung vom sozialen Vertrauen erklären: Dänemark und Deutschland
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Svendsen, Gunnar Lind Haase; Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard; Graeff, Peter

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Abstract "How does social trust emerge in a country? By comparing the cases of Denmark and Germany through six historical phases, the authors suggest that a plausible explanation is long run political stability. In Denmark, social trust was arguably allowed to accumulate slowly over time and was probably not destroyed up till the universal welfare state of the 20th century. In Germany, however, political instability since the first German state building hampered the emergence and maintenance of social trust, which is why social trust was never allowed to grow in this country." (author's abstract)
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; Denmark; international comparison; confidence; historical analysis; welfare state; methodology; state formation; political stability; feudalism; Germany; liberalization; historical social research; comparison; Scandinavia; type of government; science of history; political system; comparative research
Classification General History; Social Security; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Political System, Constitution, Government
Method historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 351-367
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works