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Gert Tinggaard Svendsen

Explaining the emergence of social trust: Denmark and Germany

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  • Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen, Institut for Miljø- og Erhvervsøkonomi, Syddansk Universitet, Danmark
  • Gert Tinggaard Svendsen
  • Peter Graeff, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Tyskland
How does social trust emerge in a country? By comparing the cases of Denmark and Germany through six historical phases, we suggest that a plausible explanation is long run political stability. In Denmark, social trust was arguably allowed to accumulate slowly over time and was probably not destroyed up till the universal welfare state of the 20th century. In Germany, however, political instability since the first German state building hampered the emergence and maintenance of social trust, which is why social trust was never allowed to grow in this country.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftHistorical Social Research
Vol/bind37
Nummer3
Sider (fra-til)351-367
Antal sider18
ISSN0172-6404
StatusUdgivet - 2012

    Forskningsområder

  • social trust, political stability, welfare state, Denmark, Germany

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