Exploring Political Trust Among Immigrants in Scandinavia
2010 (English)In: ECPR Joint Sessions in Münster, 22–27 March 2010, Session 19: Institutional Performance and Political Support in Europe, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper presents a study on differences in political trust between immigrants of different origins, residing in either Denmark, Norway or Sweden. The main question is how differences in the general propensity to hold confidence in various political institutions may be explained by previous political systems experiences. Utilising recent survey data we seek to explain variations in political trust by incorporating country-level data based on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Empirical analyses suggest that the strongest confidence in political institutions is found among immigrants who share a background in high-corruption countries. However, we also find that length of residence in the host country negatively influences political trust; hence, over time, immigrants belonging to this category will be positioned more on par with the rest of the population. Analysing possible reasons for this conditional effect, we find experiences of discrimination to be an insufficient explanation. Instead we argue that immigrants from less trust-worthy political regimes initially tend to have a very bright view on the system performance of stable democracies, such as the Scandinavian countries, but that experience and knowledge acquired over time engender a more critical, though arguably realistic, outlook.
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Research subject Social Sciences, Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-16036DiVA: diva2:463959
ECPR Joint Sessions in Münster, 22-27 March 2010