Political Trust of Emerging Elites and Initial Conditions: The Effect of Varieties of Socialism
Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl
Virginia Military Institute
Central European University
March 21, 2009
This paper, unlike the vast existing literature on political trust, focuses on trust in post-socialist countries, and more specifically on their emerging elites, rather than on their general populations. Studying emerging elites is important in the context of establishing democracy and the survival of democracy. We stipulate that political trust is significantly determined by historical legacy: type of socialist regime, accounting for path dependence and thus, for pre-socialist legacies. Utilizing individual-level data from an institutional survey, we find that distinguishing between different types of socialism is instrumental in explaining trust of emerging elites. Our findings have implications for policies aimed at fostering political trust in post-socialist countries and more importantly for discerning future patterns of political and social developments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Political trust, Socialism, initial conditions, participation, emerging elites, young people
JEL Classification: O57, P20, P39working papers series
Date posted: September 4, 2008 ; Last revised: March 25, 2009
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