Crime, Institutional Trust and Support for Democracy in Africa, Asia and Latin America

32 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 21 Dec 2014

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Michelle Kuenzi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kenneth Fernandez

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kuenzi, Michelle and Fernandez, Kenneth, Crime, Institutional Trust and Support for Democracy in Africa, Asia and Latin America (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1644541

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