Crime, Institutional Trust and Support for Democracy in Africa, Asia and Latin America
32 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 21 Dec 2014
Date Written: 2010
Much of the scholarship on democratization has a myopic focus on economic conditions. Using Afrobarometer, Asianbarometer and the Latinobarometer survey data, the authors examine how crime victimization and perceptions of crime influence citizens’ trust in political institutions and attitudes toward democracy. The results show that a citizen’s perception of public safety is important factor in predicting institutional trust and support for the existing democratic regime. This finding is important because widespread support for democracy and its institutions among the citizenry is considered a requisite for the consolidation of democracy.
Keywords: Crime, Trust, Institutions, Democracy
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