Two Dimensions of Political Trust in Russia

27 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2021

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Konstantin A. Kholodilin

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Vyacheslav N. Ovchinnikov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marina Yu. Malkina

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Igor A. Moiseev

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2021

Abstract

This paper analyzes two dimensions of factors of political trust in Russia. The first dimension is the target dimension (sociotropic vs. egocentric), the second dimension is the time dimension (retrospective vs. perspective). The study is based on the microdata of 2016 Life in Transition Survey (LiTS) of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. We find a robust evidence in favor of the dominant sociotropic channel of political trust. Thus, individuals, when deciding whether to trust or not trust into the Russian government, are primarily guided by the improvements in the external environment. Moreover, we find that the impact of sociotropic factors on political trust depends on the level of government. The improvements in political performance are the most important determinant of trust in the Russian president, while the institutional change and the economic development are the most important determinants in the models of trust in other government levels. Finally, we find that individuals who have lost their wealth show more trust than those who have preserved or increased it. However, this effect only works, if individuals are optimistic toward the future.

Keywords: Political trust, sociotropic channel, egocentric channel Russia, microdata, Life in Transition Survey

JEL Classification: P26,P27,P37

Suggested Citation

Kholodilin, Konstantin A. and Ovchinnikov, Vyacheslav N. and Malkina, Marina Yu. and Moiseev, Igor A., Two Dimensions of Political Trust in Russia (March 2021). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1934, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3806317 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3806317

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Vyacheslav N. Ovchinnikov

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Marina Yu. Malkina

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Igor A. Moiseev

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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