Welcome to the companion website for Handbook on Political Trust, edited by Sonja Zmerli and Tom W.G. van der Meer.

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Handbook on Political Trust
Edited by Sonja Zmerli, Sciences Po Grenoble, France and Tom W.G. van der Meer, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This site contains resources for the title Handbook on Political Trust edited by Sonja Zmerli and Tom W.G. van der Meer.

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Political trust – of citizens in government, parliament or political parties – has been centre stage in political science for more than half a century, reflecting ongoing concerns about the legitimacy of representative democracy. This Handbook offers the first truly global perspective on political trust and integrates the conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical state of the art.

An impressive, international body of expert scholars explore established and new venues of research, by taking stock of levels, trends, explanations and implications of political trust, and relating them to regional particularities across the globe. Along with a wealth of genuine empirical analyses, this Handbook also features the latest developments in personality, cognitive and emotional research and discusses, not only the relevance, but also the ‘dark side’ of political trust.

Discerning yet accessible, this Handbook provides scholars, students and policy makers with the tools to navigate through a complexity of theories, trends, causes and consequences of political trust, whilst also directing their future research.


‘This Handbook offers a comprehensive account of what is currently known about political trust. In 29 chapters a stellar cast of 41 authors informs about the concept, its measurement, and correlates. In addition, they document empirically the development and distribution of political trust across the globe in different political settings. This volume is a “must read” for all those interested in political trust as a major resource for the political community, the political regime, and the political authorities.’
– Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany



1. The Deeply Rooted Concern with Political Trust
Tom W.G. van der Meer, Sonja Zmerli

2. The Conceptual Framework of Political Support
Pippa Norris

3. What Kinds of Trust Does a Democracy Need? Trust from the Perspective of Democratic Theory
Mark E. Warren

4. Functions of Political Trust in Authoritarian Settings
Paola Rivetti and Francesco Cavatorta

5. Political Trust and Multilevel Government
Jordi Muñoz

6. The Measurement Equivalence of Political Trust
Sofie Marien

7. Objects of Political and Social Trust: Scales and Hierarchies
Sonja Zmerli and Ken Newton

8. Political Trust in Experimental Designs
Rick K. Wilson and Catherine C. Eckel

Micro Level
9. Biological and Psychological Influences on Political Trust
Jeffery J. Mondak, Matthew Hayes and Damarys Canache

10. Emotion, Cognition, and Political Trust
Elizabeth Theiss-Morse and Dona-Gene Barton

11. Education, Socialization, and Political Trust
Quinton Mayne and Armen Hakhverdian

12. Political Trust as a Heuristic
Thomas J. Rudolph

13. Compliance, Trust, and Norms of Citizenship
Jan W. Van Deth

14. Participation and Political Trust
Oscar W. Gabriel

15. Political Trust and Voting Behaviour
Eric Bélanger

Meso and Macro Level
16. Procedural Fairness and Political Trust
Marcia Grimes

17. Democratic Input, Macro-Economic Output, and Political Trust
Tom W.G. Van Der Meer

18. The Welfare State and Political Trust: Bringing Performance Back in
Staffan Kumlin and Atle Haugsgjerd
19. Political Trust, Corruption, and Inequality
Eric M. Uslaner

20. Immigration, Ethnic Diversity, and Political Trust
Lauren Mclaren

21. Social Capital, Civic Culture and Political Trust
Christopher Liu and Dietlind Stolle

22. Political Trust and the Mass Media
Ken Newton

23. Political Trust in North America
Russell J. Dalton

24. Political Trust in Latin America
Matías Bargsted, Nicolás M. Somma and Juan Carlos Castillo

25. Political Trust in Western and Southern Europe
Mariano Torcal

26. Post-Communist Societies of Central and Eastern Europe
Gergõ Závecz

27. Political Trust in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab Region
Marc L. Hutchison and Kristin Johnson

28. Political Trust in the Asia-Pacific Region
Chong-Min Park

29. Political Trust and the Decline of Legitimacy Debate: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation into their Interrelationship
Jacques Thomassen, Rudy Andeweg and Carolien Van Ham


EXTENT: 560 pp
HARDBACK ISBN: 9781782545101
HARDBACK PRICE: £195.00/$310.00
EBOOK ISBN: 9781782545118
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