Confidence in Australian institutions 1983-2005

Blunsdon, Betsy and Reed, Ken 2010, Confidence in Australian institutions 1983-2005, Australian journal of social issues, vol. 45, no. 4, Summer, pp. 445-458.

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Title Confidence in Australian institutions 1983-2005
Author(s) Blunsdon, Betsy
Reed, Ken
Journal name Australian journal of social issues
Volume number 45
Issue number 4
Season Summer
Start page 445
End page 458
Total pages 14
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0157-6321
Keyword(s) trust
confidence in institutions
social change
Summary This paper examines changes in the level of institutional confidence in Australia between 1983 and 2005. The principal aim of the paper is to disaggregate the general trend in social trust and overall institutional confidence. Using data drawn from three waves of the World Values Survey undertaken in 1983, 1995 and 2005 we examine whether social trust and confidence have declined and the differing patterns of confidence for different birth cohorts in Australia. The results show a significant decrease in social trust and a large decline in confidence between 1983 and 1995. There was little change in confidence between 1995 and 2005, but social trust returned to the 1983 level over that period. A cohort analysis shows that the oldest cohort, those born before WWII, reported the largest decline in confidence, while by 2005 the baby boomers (or middle cohort born between 1944 and 1955) were the most confident, with the oldest group reporting the least confidence. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s confidence has been at a much lower level than in the early 1980s.
Language eng
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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