The irony of social trust: Individual-level and contextual-level links with protest intention and radical right support in Switzerland

TitreThe irony of social trust: Individual-level and contextual-level links with protest intention and radical right support in Switzerland
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuteursGlaeser, S
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume26
Ticket2
Pagination110-124
Mots-cléscollective action, exclusion, inclusion, multi-level analysis, protest, radical right support, social capital, social trust, Switzerland
Résumé

This research examines how social trust translates into dynamics of mobilisation for inclusion or exclusion in Swiss cantons by studying how social trust is linked to equality-directed protest intention versus radical right support, comparing individual-level and contextual-level relationships. The study is based on data from the Swiss Household Panel collected between 2002 and 2008. The impact of individual-level and contextual-level social trust is analysed in three-level regression models of repeated observations, nested in individuals who are nested in cantons. The results indicate complex patterns that depend on the level at which social trust is assessed and confirm the need for a contextualised view of social trust and social capital. For individuals, higher social trust is associated with higher protest intention and lower radical right support. However, in cantons characterised by higher rates of social trust, individuals are less likely to engage in protest actions and more likely to support the radical right. Further analyses show that canton-level social trust is intertwined with other contextual factors, suggesting that in certain configurations, that is, combined with low levels of cultural and social diversity, climates of social trust may be linked to more restricted forms of solidarity and the persistence of inequality.

DOI10.1002/casp.2237
Refereed DesignationRefereed