Gastvortrag: Direct Democracy and Institutional Trust: Relationships and Differences across Personality Traits

Institutskolloquium FreitagAm 24. Juni wird Markus Freitag von der Universität Bern im Rahmen des Institutskolloquiums um 18:00 Uhr (s.t.) zum Thema

„Direct Democracy and Institutional Trust: Relationships and Differences across Personality Traits”

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Direct democracy plays a prominent role in the explanation of institutional trust. To date, however, empirical findings on the effects of direct democracy remain inconclusive. In this paper we argue that this inconclusiveness can most likely be partly ascribed to the diverse effects direct democracy has on individuals. In other words, direct democracy influences institutional trust, but how and to what degree depends on individuals personality traits. Running hierarchical analyses of unique survey data from a random sample of eligible Swiss voters, we document three findings: First, we show that the number of ballot measures is not directly associated with institutional trust. Second, we demonstrate that the Big Five personality traits affect the propensity to trust. Third, some of these traits also alter the relationship between direct democracy and institutional trust, suggesting that certain personality types are more likely to be sensitive to popular votes than others, and that not everyone is equally likely to respond to political stimuli, even in democratic environments.

Dieser Artikel wurde am 10. Juni 2015 publiziert und unter Allgemein, Lehre abgelegt.