European inventory of
societal values of culture


Trust is an essential component for the functioning and well-being of society. Trust contributes to the stability of the social community and creates a sense of predictability and security among its members. Trust also plays a role in conflict resolution. In societies with high levels of trust, conflicts are often resolved more peacefully through negotiation and dialogue instead of resorting to violence or aggression. Trust is often related to a specific culture or social context. Some social systems or communities may have deeply rooted patterns of trust, while others may be inclined to be sceptical or distrustful of others.

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Dinesen - Where You Come From or Where You Live?

Dinesen, P. T. (2013) Where You Come From or Where You Live? Examining the Cultural and Institutional Explanation of Generalized Trust Using Migration as a Natural Experiment.  European Sociological Review, 29 (1): 114-128.

Lijster, Otte & Gielen - Towards a Cultural Policy of Trust

Lijster, T., Otte, H., & Gielen, P. (2018) Towards a Cultural Policy of Trust: The Dutch Approach from the Perspective of a Transnational Civil Domain. In Q. Van den Hoogen & E. Van Meerkerk (Eds.), Cultural Policy in the Polder: 25 Years Dutch Cultural Policy Act (pp. 133-150). Amsterdam University Press. ISBN 9789048537471

Deng, Huang & Yu - Cultural inclusion and social trust

Deng, X.,  Huang, N & Yu, M. (2022) Cultural inclusion and social trust: Evidence from China. Asian Journal of Social Science, 50(1): 16-26.

Dinesen - Does Generalized (Dis)Trust Travel?

Dinesen, P.T. (2012). Does Generalized (Dis)Trust Travel? Examining the Impact of Cultural Heritage and Destination-Country Environment on Trust of Immigrants. Political Psychology, 33 (4): 495-511.

Welch, Sikkink & Loveland - The Radius of Trust

Welch, M.R., Sikkink, D. & Loveland, M.T. (2007). The Radius of Trust: Religion, Social Embeddedness and Trust in Strangers. Social Forces, 86(1): 23-46.

Nannestad, Svendsen, Dinesen & Mannemar Sønderskov - Do Institutions or Culture Determine the Level of Social Trust?

Nannestad, P., Svendsen, T., Dinesen, P.T. & Mannemar Sønderskov, K. (2014) Do Institutions or Culture Determine the Level of Social Trust? The Natural Experiment of Migration from Non-western to Western Countries. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(4): 544-565.

Lahusen & - Solidarity in Europe

Lahusen, CH., & Grasso, M.T. (Ed). (2018): Solidarity in Europe. Citizens’ Responses in Times of Crisis. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-73334-0

Banting & Kymlicka - The Strains of Commitment

Banting, K., & Kymlicka, W. (Eds.) (2017). The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-879545-2

Laitinen & Pessi - Solidarity

Laitinen, A., & Pessi, A. B. (Eds.) (2015). Solidarity: Theory and Practice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. ISBN: 978-0-7391-7727-3

Smith & Sorrell - On Social Solidarity

Smith, C., & Sorrell, K. (2014). On Social Solidarity. In: Jeffries, V. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cvetičanin, Petrić & Koludrović - Towards a social turn in cultural policy: A policymaker’s guidebook

Cvetičanin, P.,  M. Petrić & I. Tomić Koludrović (2023). Towards a social turn in cultural policy: A policymaker’s guidebook. INVENT publication.