Ethnic Diversity, Social Trust and the Moderating Role of Integration Policy

37 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2014

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Increasing ethnic diversity and whether or not it impacts on trust are highly debated topics. Numerous studies report a negative relationship between diversity and trust, particularly in the US. A growing body of follow-up studies examined the extent to which these findings can be transferred to Europe, but the results remain inconclusive. Moving beyond the discussion of the mere existence or absence of diversity effects on trust, this study is concerned with the moderation of this relationship: It addresses the neglected role of subnational integration policies influencing diversity’s impact on trust. Empirical tests not only indicate that integration policies moderate the relationship, but also suggest that the influence of policies varies substantively according to the specific policy aspect under consideration.

Keywords: ethnic diversity, social trust, cantonal integration policy

Suggested Citation

Gundelach, Birte and Manatschal, Anita, Ethnic Diversity, Social Trust and the Moderating Role of Integration Policy (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2453648

Birte Gundelach

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Anita Manatschal (Contact Author)

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001
Switzerland

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