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Subject: [bms-rc33] Call - Measuring & Explaining Trust (25-29 Jun Prague) (fwd)
From: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 30 Mar 2007 09:32:11 -0400

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Subject: [bms-rc33] Call - Measuring & Explaining Trust (25-29 Jun Prague)

Thanks to Patrick Sturgis

Deadline: 1 April 2007

Call for Papers ESRA Conference, Prague, 25-29 June 2007

Session Title: Measuring and Explaining Trust

Session Organizer: Dr Patrick Sturgis, University of Surrey, UK

Citizen trust in social and political actors and institutions is
currently a key area of concern for policy makers, social commentators
and academic scholars around the world. Trust has been advocated as key
to, inter alia, the efficiency of markets and variation in economic
growth (Knack and Keefer 1997), rates of criminal offending and
victimisation (Halpern 2001), morbidity and mortality (Kawachi, Kennedy,
and Glass 1999), quality of life (Putnam 2000) and the stability and
responsiveness of democratic systems of government (Putnam 1993; Newton
1999). Yet, despite the central position of trust in social and
political theory and empirical research alike, its origins, conceptual
status and socio-historical influence remain somewhat ambiguous (Gabriel
1998). There is a lack of clarity regarding the dimensionality of trust,
its appropriate empirical indicators and how it relates to other key
social and political value dimensions. More importantly perhaps, there
is a lack of consensus regarding the causes of varying levels of trust
and engagement and the consequences of declining trust for the effective
functioning of social and political systems.

This session invites papers which address these issues via the design
and analysis of survey data. Papers which focus on the validity and
reliability of survey measures of trust, or which apply novel analytical
methods to existing survey data sets will be especially welcome.

Short abstracts should be emailed to the session organizer at:
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