Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism


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Princeton University Press
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6.32 X 9.32 X 0.56 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Marc J. Hetherington is Associate Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He has published numerous articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, mostly on public opinion and political behavior. He is also coauthor of Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America, 9th edition, with William J. Keefe.


"Provocative, smoothly written, and supported by appropriate data, this is a first-rate book by a first-rate scholar. The message is timely and the thesis unique and believable."--John Hibbing, University of Nebraska, author of Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs about How Government Should Work
"Why Trust Matters adds a new dimension to the study of trust in government by showing the consequences of prolonged political distrust on support for liberal social welfare policies. Hetherington shows that the decline in support is due not to increased conservatism in the population, but rather due to declining trust."--Samantha Luks, University of Minnesota
"Hetherington is making a marked reversal from the way the concept is typically treated by scholars. . . . This careful, multipronged approach yields a persuasive case for treating political trust as an independent variable with important ramifications for the study of public opinion and public policy."---Sean Aday, Public Opinion Quarterly
"Marc Hetherington['s] . . . wonderful new book . . . is recommended because it will spark many lively discussions that will remind readers what drew them to political science in the first place."---William Cunion, White House Studies
"Marc J. Hetherington, Winner of the 2004 Emerging Scholar Award, Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association"