Žarko Đorić

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Declining trust is one of the central problems in modem politics. Trust declines in collective action arrangements. Trust is one of the "big questions," and "one of the normal obligations of political life." Embedded within it are fundamental issues of politics and democratic theory. In this article, I want to discuss which different conceptions of trust (and relations to democracy). The paper  proceeds as  follows. In the first part, the conceptual and theoretical definition of trust is given. In the second part it points to one of the basic division of  trust which is present in the literature. Finally, in the third part, the relationship between trust and democracy is pointed out and appropriate argumentation is offered.


trust, democracy, generalized trust, trust in political institutions

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