17.06.2022 New Publication: A matter of trust? Political trust and the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study by Mohamamd Reza Farzanegan and Hans Philipp Hofmann (CNMS) on political trust and the COVID-19 pandemic is published in International Journal of Sociology.

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The significant heterogeneity of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has raised interest in understanding the explanatory factors involved. The growing literature on determinants of COVID-19 fatalities refers to the following as the significant predicting factors: existing healthcare absorptive capacity (Farzanegan 2020), the degree of country globalization (Farzanegan, Feizi, and Gholipour 2021), international tourism (Farzanegan et al. 2021; Stojkoski et al. 2020), demographic structure, and population density (Madrazo Cabo et al. 2020; Jani and Mavalankar 2020), the stage of economic development and share of the shadow economy (Stojkoski et al. 2020), quality of formal institutions (Rodríguez-Pose and Burlina 2020; Cepaluni, Dorsch, and Branyiczki 2021), income inequality (Wildman 2021) and rates of obesity and air quality (Bretschger et al. 2020). Part of this literature examines the role of informal institutions on the number of COVID-19 fatalities across countries; for example, the role of cultural dimensions is investigated by Huynh (2020).

While there are frequent references in the media to the relevance of public trust in the government in successfully implementing controls and restrictions on COVID-19, a systematic cross-country analysis is missing. We aim to investigate the relationship between political trust and COVID-19 fatalities, adjusting for the effects of other identified determinants.

To read more, see https://doi.org/10.1080/00207659.2022.2086729

To cite this article:
Mohammad Reza Farzanegan & Hans Philipp Hofmann (2022) A matter of trust? Political trust and the COVID-19 pandemic, International Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1080/00207659.2022.2086729