Re-evaluating the Links Between Social Trust, Institutional Trust and Civic Association

  • Nick AllumEmail author
  • Roger Patulny
  • Sanna Read
  • Patrick Sturgis
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 2)


The authors of this chapter examine data from the European Social Survey (ESS) and, using structural equation modelling techniques, develop measures for three elements of social capital; social trust, institutional trust and civic association. The analysis explores how these three elements are related after controlling for a range of social and psychological factors, including age, gender, income and personality type. The relationship between social trust and institutional trust is found to be resistant to controlling for sociodemographic variables and to controlling for life satisfaction.


Social Capital Structural Equation Model Social Trust General Social Survey Voluntary Organisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Allum
    • 1
    Email author
  • Roger Patulny
    • 2
  • Sanna Read
    • 3
  • Patrick Sturgis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Social Policy Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Population HealthLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  4. 4.School of Social Sciences, University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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