Varieties of Trust

22 Pages Posted: 31 May 2005

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Eric M. Uslaner

University of Maryland, College Park; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

There are multiple dimensions of trust. The standard meaning I call strategic trust. But more important is moralistic trust, which does not stem from experience, but rather is learned early in life and is largely stable over time. Moralistic trust leads people to do good works such as contributing to charity and volunteering time and to be more tolerant toward minorities. Countries with high levels of trust have better functioning governments and redistribute resources from the rich to the poor. Moralistic trust rests upon a foundation of economic equality: The most equal countries have the highest levels of trust.

Keywords: Trust, Social capital, Tolerance, Civic engagement

Suggested Citation

Uslaner, Eric M., Varieties of Trust (May 2005). FEEM Working Paper No. 69.05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=726182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.726182

Eric M. Uslaner (Contact Author)

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