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All for All: Equality and Social Trust


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AUTHORS
Bo Rothstein, Göteborg University
Eric Uslaner , University of Maryland

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Russell Sage Foundation Working Paper Series

ABSTRACT
The importance of social trust has become widely accepted in the social sciences. A number of explanations have been put forward for the stark variation in social trust among countries. Among these, participation in voluntary associations received most attention. Yet, there is scant evidence that participation can lead to trust. In this paper, we shall examine a variable that has not gotten the attention we think it deserves in the discussion about the sources of generalized trust, namely equality.