Class-specific non-voting: does trust in political institutions play a role?

Autor(en): Hadjar, Andreas
Koethemann, Dennis
Stichwörter: BEHAVIOR; CLEAVAGES; ELECTIONS; GERMANY; GOVERNMENT; MODELS; PARTICIPATION; PREFERENCES; Psychology; Psychology, Social; Social class; Social inequality; Sociology; Trust in institutions; TURNOUT; VOTER; Voter participation
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: SPRINGER VIEWEG-SPRINGER FACHMEDIEN WIESBADEN GMBH
Journal: KOLNER ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIOLOGIE UND SOZIALPSYCHOLOGIE
Volumen: 66
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 51
Seitenende: 76
Zusammenfassung: 
This article aims at an analysis to what extent class-differences in non-voting-more precisely: non-voting intention-can be explained referring to the factors of trust in institutions. What is the link between a lack of trust in state institutions and the intention to abstain from voting? Are there parallel class differences in all of these aspects? Data base is a cumulated ALLBUS data-set (1984, 1994, 2002, 2008). Results indicate class differences in non-voting intention and trust in political institutions-with lowest scores for lowly-skilled working class. Multivariate models show that class-differences in non-voting intention can be explained only to a rather small extent by class-specific trust in institutions. Looking at the time periods, an increasing distance between lowly-skilled working class and the political system can be recognised.
ISSN: 00232653
DOI: 10.1007/s11577-013-0242-5

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