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Democracy and Trust

Democracy and Trust

Mark E. Warren, Russell Hardin, Claus Offe, Ronald Inglehart, Eric M. Uslaner, Orlando Patterson, Jean Cohen, Rom Harré, James C. Scott, Jane Mansbridge
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  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646871


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  • Surveys suggest an erosion of trust in government, among individuals, and between groups. Although these trends are often thought to be bad for democracy, the relationship between democracy and trust is paradoxical. Trust can develop where interests converge, but in politics interests conflict. Democracy recognizes that politics does not provide a natural terrain for robust trust relations, and so includes a healthy distrust of the interests of others, especially the powerful. Democratic systems institutionalize distrust by providing many opportunities for citizens to oversee those empowered with the public trust. At the same time, trust is a generic social building block of collective action, and for this reason alone democracy cannot do without trust. At a minimum, democratic institutions depend on a trust among citizens sufficient for representation, resistance, and alternative forms of governance. Bringing together social science and political theory, this book provides a valuable exploration of these central issues.

    • Examines a vital question: is declining trust within society fatal to democracy?
    • Original essays by excellent contributors. Hardin, Offe, Cohen are star names in particular
    • Will appeal across a number of subjects: politics, political philosophy, sociology, political psychology
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    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646871
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Mark E. Warren
    2. Do we want trust in government? Russell Hardin
    3. How can we trust our fellow citizens? Claus Offe
    4. Trust, well-being and democracy Ronald Inglehart
    5. Democracy and social capital Eric M. Uslaner
    6. Liberty against the democratic state: on the historical and contemporary sources of American distrust Orlando Patterson
    7. Trust, voluntary association and workable democracy: the contemporary American discourse of civil society Jean Cohen
    8. Trust and its surrogates: psychological foundations of political process Rom Harré
    9. Geographies of trust James C. Scott
    10. Altruistic trust Jane Mansbridge
    11. Democratic theory and trust Mark E. Warren
    12. Conclusion Mark E. Warren.

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    Mark E. Warren, Georgetown University, Washington DC


    Mark E. Warren, Russell Hardin, Claus Offe, Ronald Inglehart, Eric M. Uslaner, Orlando Patterson, Jean Cohen, Rom Harré, James C. Scott, Jane Mansbridge

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