Existing Citations

  • social trust (p. 1): Social trust is a belief in the honesty, integrity and reliability of others – a "faith in people." It’s a simple enough concept to describe. But it’s never been easy to figure out who trusts, or why. (†789)
  • social trust (p. 2-3): The question of what explains social trust – and why certain societies are more trusting than others – has long fascinated social scientists. Many theories have been advanced – personal optimism; voluntary associations; homogeneous societies; equal opportunities; honest governments – but over the years, not all have stood up to empirical scrutiny. Cross-national surveys have found that the highest levels of social trust are in the homogeneous, egalitarian, well-to-do countries of Scandinavia, while the lowest levels of trust tend to be found in South America, Africa and parts of Asia. In these multi-national comparative surveys, the U.S. population ranks in the upper middle range of trust. (†790)