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Terrorism’s effects on social capital in European countries

Paschalis Arvanitidis, Athina Economou () and Christos Kollias

Public Choice, 2016, vol. 169, issue 3, No 5, 250 pages

Abstract: Abstract Studies have shown that major terrorist events have the potential to exert significant influence on citizens’ risk-perceptions, (in) security sentiments, values and behavioral attitudes towards state institutions and their fellow citizens. Within this growing strand of literature, this paper, allowing for a cohort of demographic and socioeconomic traits, examines the extent to which major terrorist events in four European countries affected two key aspects of social capital, namely institutional and social trust. The data used are drawn from European Social Surveys for the years 2004, 2012 and 2014. Results reported indicate that terrorist incidents can trigger social dynamics that affect trust attitudes; however, these effects are short-lived and dissipate rapidly.

Keywords: Terrorism; Social capital; Institutional trust; Social trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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