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Citizen Confidence in Social and Political Institutions in a Changing World

Bean, Clive S. (2003) Citizen Confidence in Social and Political Institutions in a Changing World. In Bradley, Rebecca, Lyddon, Jeff, & Buys, Laurie (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 21 November 2003, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

Abstract

The focus in some literatures towards the end of the 20th century on the crisis of governability and on challenges to governance in the western world has given way in the early part of the 21st century to a focus on broader social and political uncertainty in the face of a world now dominated by ongoing threats of major terrorist activity. These developments, together with evidence of declining trust and social capital, have placed considerable pressure on a range of major social and political institutions. This paper uses survey research data to investigate public confidence in a number of prominent organisations and institutions in Australia and how this confidence is changing. The paper considers not only the level of public confidence, but also the dimensionality of such attitudes and the socio-political factors that shape them. The paper concludes with a consideration of the theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

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ID Code: 114
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Confidence in institutions, social attitudes, political behaviour, social capital, governance
ISBN: 0646431056
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Clive S. Bean
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:03

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