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    Trust and prosocial behaviour in a process of state capacity building: the case of the Palestinian territories

    Andriani, Luca and Sabatini, F. (2013) Trust and prosocial behaviour in a process of state capacity building: the case of the Palestinian territories. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    This paper contributes to the literature by conducting the first empirical investigation into the determinants of prosocial behaviour in the Palestinian territories, with a focus on the role of trust and institutions. Drawing on a unique dataset collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample of the population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, we have found that institutional trust is the strongest predictor of prosociality. This result suggests that, in collectivist societies with low levels of generalized trust, the lack of citizens’ confidence in the fairness and efficiency of public institutions may compromise social order. The strengthening of institutional trust may also reinforce prosocial behaviour in individualist societies, where a decline in generalized trust has been documented by empirical studies

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    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Paper reference number: BWPMA 1306 ISSN: 2052–0581 JEL Codes: H26, L31, O19, O53, Z, Z13
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): institutional trust, generalized trust, prosocial behaviour, social capital, institutions, Palestine
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for, Responsible Business Centre
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 16:20
    Last Modified: 27 Feb 2021 19:37
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10439

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