• Relationships of Horizontalism and Hierarchy: Exploring Divergent Forms of Sociopolitical Trust

    Author(s):
    Dana Williams (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Political science, Political sociology, Society, Sociology, Sociology of social movements
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/n107-mp93
    Abstract:
    Objective. Propose a conceptualization of trust that acknowledges varying levels of power between trusting partners. The weak, positive statistical correlation between social and political trust conceals very different experiences of trust. While many people possess either high or low levels of both forms of trust, others have divergent levels of the two forms of trust. Present a simple typology of sociopolitical trust that categorizes individuals as trusters, distrusters, hierarchicalists, and horizontalists. Methods. Exploratory analysis of United States using the World Values Survey. Multivariate analysis of sociopolitical trust’s effect upon protest and voting. Results. Americans have low levels of political trust and higher levels of social trust. Protesters possess social trust and political distrust, and voters are both social and political trusters. Conclusion. The combination of social trust and political trust impacts public participation preferences. Protesters embody a libertarian-socialist orientation toward sociopolitical trust, while voters possess a social-democrat orientation.
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