The price of personalizing politics: Political distrust and economic performance in Latin America, 1996-2006 Academic Article uri icon


  • While research has provided evidence that culture and institutional performance shape individual level trust in political institutions, scholars have neglected to adequately estimate the effect of political institutions and macroeconomic conditions on trust. Using data from the World Value Surveys for eleven Latin American cases, we test if countries with "partyizing" electoral systems - those with rules that encourage voters to hold the party, not individuals, accountable for government performance - experience lower levels of distrust in political parties and the legislature in times of poor economic conditions than those countries with "personalizing" electoral rules. Our analysis shows that the macro political and economic context largely conditions the impact of culture and institutional performance on political trust. 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Ross, A., & Escobar-Lemmon, M.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Ross, Ashley||Escobar-Lemmon, Maria

publication date

  • January 2011