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Public Opinion in State Politics$
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Jeffrey E. Cohen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753005

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753005.001.0001

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The Civil State: Trust, Polarization, and the Quality of State Government

The Civil State: Trust, Polarization, and the Quality of State Government

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(p.142) Chapter 8 The Civil State: Trust, Polarization, and the Quality of State Government
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Public Opinion in State Politics
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Eric M. Uslaner
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753005.003.0008

This chapter investigates whether trust toward others in the mass public affects the quality of governmental performance in states. It proposes a model good government in the civil state for the American states which emphasize political polarization. The analysis indicates that the quality of government performance improves for most of the measures when mass trust is higher and this suggests an important link between the way the public thinks about others and the ability of government to deliver services and policies.

Keywords:   trust, mass public, governmental performance, American states, civil state, political polarization

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