Changing citizen confidence: Orientations towards political and social institutions in Australia, 1983-2010 [Review]

Bean, Clive S. (2015) Changing citizen confidence: Orientations towards political and social institutions in Australia, 1983-2010 [Review]. Open Political Science Journal, 8, pp. 1-9.

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Since the early 1980s, when confidence in institutions was first measured in an Australian academic social survey, Australia - And the world - has faced many political, social and economic changes. From corporate scandals and company collapses, to unprecedented terrorist attacks, to major ongoing international conflicts, to changes in government and all manner of political machinations, to the global financial crisis and its aftermath. One consequence of such developments has been that many major political, social and economic institutions have come under intense pressure. Using survey research data, this paper investigates how public confidence in various Australian institutions and organisations has changed over time. The results are variable and in some instances surprising. Confidence in some institutions has remained high, and in some low, over an extended period of time. In other cases, confidence has varied quite markedly at different time points. As well as looking at trends in the level of public confidence in institutions, the paper examines different dimensions of confidence together with underpinning socio-political factors. It also discusses theoretical and practical implications of the data.

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ID Code: 83718
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: 21st century, Australia, Citizen confidence, Institutions, Political change, Social attitudes
DOI: 10.2174/1874949601508010001
ISSN: 1874-9496
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Clive Bean; Licensee Bentham Open.
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non- Commercial License (
-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2015 22:12
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 05:14

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