Political Competition and Interpersonal Trust

In the article for “Political Competition, Partisanship and Interpersonal Trust in Electoral Democracies” written by Ryan E. Carlin and Gregory J. Love, the authors talk about how rivals between different political parties lead to a ‘trust gap’. They also mention how this trust gap can lead to people feeling more threatened by others and thus increases the competition between them. This trust gap could lead people to believing that the people associated with the opposing political party and their organizations are untrustworthy by extension. @aaronma1 talks a lot about how trust is effected in this political setting, he states “Without trust, our interactions with others prove to be distorted and stray away from their true purpose.” I thought that this summarizes the effects of how people’s mindsets and opinions about people are changed after they are no longer trusted.

Like we talked about in this week’s presentation, a possible reason that people don’t want to be involved in politics or have the urge to be involved with politics could be due to the fact that people do not want to see an increase in political leaders, putting down their opposition to win the vote of the people. Obviously, this hypothesis does depend on the circumstances and the events that have taken place, but in my opinion if my options for government party candidates were putting their opposition down instead of building their platform up, this would lead me to believe that they are not running for office for the right reasons and that they are not responsible enough to be in charge of the government.

The authors also talk about the idea of in-group. The in-group concept does have an effect on fellow politicians but could also have an effect on the voters. If it’s true that people tend to show favouritism towards the members “in their group”, than this could lead to people voting for the sensation of having people similar to you in charge and in power rather than the people who may not be as similar to you, but could benefit the country more as a whole. Carlin and Love discuss a quote by Brewer who states that “ cooperative system requires that trust dominate over distrust”, I think that this idea is an important concept, especially after a lot of the articles we have read in the past who carry the believe that cooperation is the best way to evolve society and increase productivity. 

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