The Moral Foundations of Trust

The Moral Foundations of Trust

by Eric M. Uslaner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521011035

ISBN-13: 9780521011037

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study seeks to explain why people place their faith in strangers, and why doing so matters. Trust is a moral value that does not depend on personal experience; we learn to trust from our parents. Trusting societies are more likely to redistribute resources from the rich to the poor, and to have more effective governments. Trust has been in decline in the United…  See more details below

Overview

This study seeks to explain why people place their faith in strangers, and why doing so matters. Trust is a moral value that does not depend on personal experience; we learn to trust from our parents. Trusting societies are more likely to redistribute resources from the rich to the poor, and to have more effective governments. Trust has been in decline in the United States for over 30 years. Uslaner uses aggregate time series and cross-sectional data to show that the roots of this decline can be found in declining optimism and economic inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521011037
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. Trust and the good life; 2. Strategic trust and moralistic trust; 3. Counting (on) trust; 4. The root of trust; 5. Trust and experience; 6. Stability and change in trust; 7. Trust and consequences; 8. Trust and the democratic temperament; Epilogue: trust and the civic community.

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