Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 7, 2020, No. 2

The relationship between trust and political participation:

Effects of institutionalized and non-institutionalized

political participation on trust in parliaments

Mladen Karov

Abstract. This study makes use of quantitative research methodology. The hypothesеs researched in this paper are tested with individual-level data from the European Social Survey. Two binary logistic regression models are used to test the two research hypothesises. The models use measures of high parliament trust in one case and low parliament trust in other as their dependent variables. Independent variables are indexes of different means of political participation as well as social class including education, income group, trust in others and the demographic variables: age, gender and residence (rural or urban). While institutionalized forms of political participation increase chances of having high trust in the parliament, non-institutionalized forms have no significant effect on the odds of having low trust in the parliament.

Keywords: trust, voting, political, participation, parliament