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Dualized trust: risk, social trust and the welfare state

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posted on 16.10.2019 by Anthony Kevins
This article examines how labour market vulnerability and social policy interact to shape generalized trust. Drawing insights from the literature on dualization, I suggest that: (1) labour market outsiders will have lower levels of generalized trust due to their increased risk exposure; and (2) active labour market policies, by conditioning labour market vulnerability, can reduce the impact of outsiderness on trust. Leveraging within-country cleavages between insiders and outsiders therefore allows us to assess one possible mechanism behind the welfare state’s generation of trust, while at the same time holding cultural context and broader trust levels constant. Analysis of data from the 2008–2014 waves of the European Social Survey then provides evidence of the impact of outsiderness on trust and the ability of social policy to moderate that effect. The investigation thus sheds light on both an additional consequence of dualization and a mechanism linking the welfare state to generalized trust.

Funding

Aarhus University’s AU IDEAS programme

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Socio-Economic Review

Volume

17

Issue

4

Pages

875 - 897

Publisher

Oxford University Press and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Author

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Socio-Economic Review following peer review. The version of record Anthony Kevins, Dualized trust: risk, social trust and the welfare state, Socio-Economic Review, 17 (4), pp.875-897 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/ser/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ser/mwx064/4816158 and https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwx064.

Publication date

2018-01-17

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

1475-1461

eISSN

1475-147X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Anthony Kevins. Deposit date: 14 October 2019

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