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Social trust and value similarity: the relationship between social trust and human values in Europe

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Beilmann, Mai; Lilleoja, Laur

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Abstract The purpose of the current paper is to test whether value similarity may foster social trust in society and whether people have higher levels of social trust when they emphasise the same values that prevail in their country. The relationship between social trust and human values was examined in a sample of 51,308 people across 29 European countries using data from the European Social Survey round 6. Results suggest that value similarity is more important in generating individual level social trust in countries where the overall levels of social trust are higher. There is a stronger positive relationship between value similarity and social trust in Scandinavian countries, which have high social trust levels, while in countries with a low level of social trust, congruity of the personal value structure with the country level value structure tends to decrease the individuals trustfulness.
Keywords value-orientation; value system; confidence; European Social Survey; society
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords Ähnlichkeit
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 19-30
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 7 (2015) 2
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution