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ERIC Number: EJ934568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Generalized Trust and Trust in Institutions in Confucian Asia
Tan, Soo Jiuan; Tambyah, Siok Kuan
Social Indicators Research, v103 n3 p357-377 Sep 2011
This study examines generalized trust and trust in institutions in Confucian Asia, covering six countries namely, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, and one dependent region, Hong Kong. Using data from the 2006 AsiaBarometer Survey, our study affirms the reliability and validity of using a two-item scale to measure generalized trust. Our analysis suggests that due to demographic differences, there are variations in the level of generalized trust of countries in Confucian Asia, despite the fact that these societies share a similar background in Confucian philosophy. The relationships between generalized trust and political trust, and between generalized trust and trust in public institutions, are weak but positive. The positive relationship between generalized trust and trust in economic institutions is only significant for some of the economies, while trust in international institutions has the weakest relationship with generalized trust for all societies. We conclude the paper with research implications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; China; Hong Kong; Japan; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; Vietnam