Corruption and political trust

PETER SÖDERLUND

Political corruption has convincingly been shown to corrode political trust. Corruption goes against the fundamental tenets of democracy such as honesty, impartiality, openness, and accountability. If the political authorities and representatives do not conform to the normative expectations of the public, they will not be considered as trustworthy and acting in the public interest.

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Political trust and voter turnout go hand in hand

AINO TIIHONEN

Why do people vote and what makes elections special? Is it possible to have democracy without elections? What is the relation between political trust and voter turnout? What is the role of political trust in voting and elections? Does high level of political trust automatically indicate high voter turnout?

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Maintaining trust in society necessary for tolerance towards immigrants

JOSEFINA SIPINEN & MARIA BÄCK

Since the summer of 2015, the refugee crisis has become one of the most urgent issues that the European countries seek to solve together – or separately. Due to the crisis, the opinion climate across Europe has been largely affected by different perceptions of threat that immigration is seen to constitute. While there are several factors that may increase the perceptions of threat, there are also factors that reduce them. One such factor is generalized social trust, and its effects can be noted both at the individual and the societal level. Continue reading

Political trust in Finland – high and relatively stable

ELINA KESTILÄ-KEKKONEN

Citizens in the Nordic countries have traditionally placed much trust in political institutions and actors. Finland is no exception. Levels of trust in parliament, parties and politicians have been relatively stable in Finland over the past 15 years – at least when compared to other European countries.

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