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The Impact of Values$
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Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294751.001.0001

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Political Efficacy and Trust

Political Efficacy and Trust

(p.357) 13 Political Efficacy and Trust
The Impact of Values

Oscar W. Gabriel

Oxford University Press

In public opinion research, only meagre attention has been given to the impact of value orientations on public confidence and trust in the efficacy of the political system. Whereas the implications of materialist and post‐materialist orientations have been studied extensively, the impact of value orientations (such as religiosity, secularism, egalitarianism, and libertarianism) has been almost completely ignored. This chapter therefore investigates some neglected problems in empirical research into the political impact of value orientations. After clarifying the concepts of trust and efficacy, it proposes and tests some hypotheses for a set of Western European democracies.

Keywords:   efficacy, public confidence, trust, Western Europe

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