Measuring trust

Bauer, Paul C. ; Freitag, Markus

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2018
Book title: The Oxford handbook of social and political trust
Page range: 1-27
Publisher: Uslaner, Eric M.
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-027480-1 , 978-0-19-027482-5
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: This article focuses on the measurement of trust. First, we start with a brief conceptualization of trust, contrasting it with the concept of generalized trust. Second, we survey developments in trust measurement since the 1960s. Third, we summarize and try to systematize a number of measurement debates that have taken place. Fourth, we outline how trust measurement may develop in the future, discuss how differently formulated survey questions may abate some of the debates within the field, and present empirical data that follow some of these directions. Essentially we argue that trust—as opposed to generalized trust—should be measured through reliance on a set of more specific questions that measure expectations across a series of different situations.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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