Ethnicity and trust: Evidence from Russia

Donna L. Bahry, Mikhail Kosolapov, Polina Kozyreva, Rick K. Wilson

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Abstract

The willingness to trust strangers has been associated with a variety of public benefits, from greater civic-mindedness and more honest government to higher rates of economic growth, and more. But a growing body of research finds that such generalized trust is far more common in ethnically homogeneous than in more diverse societies. Ethnic difference is believed to breed more particularistic, ingroup ties, thus undermining both generalized and cross-ethnic trust. We argue that this image is too narrow, and we propose a broader model to identify the factors that give rise to cross-ethnic trust. Using data from two minority regions of Russia, we find considerable support for the model. We also find that high ingroup or particularistic trust is no barrier to faith in another ethnic group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-532
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Volume99
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

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Bahry, Donna L. ; Kosolapov, Mikhail ; Kozyreva, Polina ; Wilson, Rick K. / Ethnicity and trust : Evidence from Russia. In: American Political Science Review. 2005 ; Vol. 99, No. 4. pp. 521-532.
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In: American Political Science Review, Vol. 99, No. 4, 01.11.2005, p. 521-532.

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