We examine whether the existence of civil society in Georgia has promoted social and institutional trust in the population. As much of the literature suggests, Georgia is different from its neighbors in that civil society development is more advanced. Does participation in civil society lead to more social and institutional trust? Using survey data from the Caucasus Barometer and the World Values Survey, we find that attitudes regarding social and institutional trust are more developed in Georgia than in its neighbors, and that activity in voluntary organizations is positively associated with social and institutional trust in Georgia.
An oasis of democracy in an authoritarian sea? Civil society, social, and institutional trust in Georgia
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John Ishiyama, Lia Mezvrishvili, Nina Zhgenti; An oasis of democracy in an authoritarian sea? Civil society, social, and institutional trust in Georgia. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 2018; 51 (1): 19–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2018.01.005
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