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Political Trust as Modest Expectations: Exploring Immigrants’ Falling Confidence in Swedish Political Institutions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8717-0189
Linnaeus University.
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN 1799-649X, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 5, no 3, 102-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political trust among immigrants in Western Europe seems to be surprisingly high, especially among immigrants from non-democratic countries with institutions plagued by corruption. Over time, however, trust tends to diminish among these individuals. In this paper we argue that this may neither be explained by acculturation nor by experiences of discrimination. Analysing Swedish survey data we instead conclude, although tentatively, that falling expectations regarding the performance of host country institutions is a fruitful explanation. Such expectations presumably become more modest the longer one has been living in Sweden, causing a time-related drop in the overall confidence in Swedish political institutions.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 3, 102-115 p.
Keyword [en]
Political trust; expectations; migration; corruption; discrimination
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270288DOI: 10.1515/njmr-2015-0007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270288DiVA: diva2:889353
Available from: 2015-12-23 Created: 2015-12-23 Last updated: 2015-12-23

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