MELLANMÄNSKLIG TILLIT Det sociala kapitalets effekt på valdeltagande i Europaparlamentsvalet 2014

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: Direct elections to the European Parliament have been held since 1979, but turnout rates havedeclined with each election. It is well established that socioeconomic factors play a part inindividuals’ decision to participate in elections, but what can be said about social capital andthe specific aspect of interpersonal trust? The aim of this thesis is to study if a higher level ofinterpersonal trust can have an effect on voter turnout to the European Parliament election,and if so, if a higher level of interpersonal trust can compensate for a lower level ofsocioeconomic status and effect voter turnout. The data used comes from The National SOMstudy2014. The result show that a higher level of interpersonal trust indeed increases voterturnout. The study also comes to the conclusion that a higher level of interpersonal trust notcan be said to compensate for lower levels of socioeconomic status, however, a higher levelof interpersonal trust further increases the probability of individuals with strongersocioeconomic resources to participate in the election to the European Parliament.

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