Finland: A Country of High Political Trust and Weak Political Self-efficacy

Maria Bäck, Thomas Karv, Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the association between political trust and political self-efficacy in Finland. Finland has among the highest levels of political trust in the world, but simultaneously the levels of political self-efficacy are comparatively on a much weaker level. As previous research has shown higher political trust and higher political self-efficacy to be associated at the individual level, this is somewhat unexpected. The findings in this chapter show that in the Finnish context a higher political self-efficacy, indeed, predicts lower political trust, adding support to the notion of well-informed citizens withdrawing their trust if they feel that the system is not acting according to their normative expectations. This chapter ends with a discussion about what the findings imply for the status of Finnish democracy, concluding that the findings should not necessarily be seen only in a negative light.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Behaviour in Contemporary Finland
Subtitle of host publicationStudies of Voting and Campaigning in a Candidate-Oriented Political System
EditorsÅsa von Schoultz, Kim Strandberg
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages30-42
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003452287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in European Politics

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

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