Does power drive out trust?: Relations between labour market actors in Sweden
2010 (English)In: Political Studies, ISSN 0032-3217, E-ISSN 1467-9248, Vol. 58, no 1, 143-166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Although power and trust are crucial to human cooperation, and considerable attention has been paid to both these concepts in the social sciences, the relationship between them has been poorly investigated. In this article, based on data about a complete network of labour market actors in Sweden, it is investigated whether power drive out trust or if power a requirement of trust. In contrast to previous research, it is concludes that there is a positive relationship between power and trust, although it levels out when power is at a very high level. Also in disagreement with previous findings, it is shown, that symmetry in power relations is not a guarantee of trust: two actors with symmetric low power do not trust each other, at least not in this specific institutional setting. Moreover, the theoretical argument is developed and refined by showing that shared beliefs and group membership also have independent impact on trust, as well as a perception that the other actor is pursuing the common good. Hence, the presumed negative impact of power on trust, is not only neutralised, but also transformed into a positive impact in the social context investigated here. However, more research is needed to show whether this finding is true only within certain institutional settings, and, if so, within which ones.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 58, no 1, 143-166 p.
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-26711DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2008.00772.xISI: 000273397300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-26711DiVA: diva2:54581