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The Problem of Political Trust

A Conceptual Reformulation, 1st Edition

By Grant Duncan


172 pages

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Trust has been the subject of empirical and theoretical inquiry in a range of disciplines, including sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, public policy and political theory. The book approaches trust from a multi-disciplinary scope of inquiry. It explains why most existing definitions and theories of trust are inadequate. The book examines how trust evolved from a quality of personal relationships into a critical factor in political institutions and representation, and to an abstract and impersonal factor that applies now to complex systems, including monetary systems.

It makes a distinctive contribution by recasting trust conceptually in dialectical and pragmatic terms, and reapplying the concept to our understanding of critical issues in politics and political economy.

Table of Contents

1. The Uses of Trust

2. Re-describing Trust

3. Trust’s Political Genealogy

4. Transformations of Trust

5. Money. Trust in Action?

6. Hegel and Nietzsche

7. Trust With or Without Conditions

8. Conclusions

About the Author

Grant Duncan is a scholar of political theory and public policy, and a political commentator, living in Auckland, New Zealand. His previous work on pain and on happiness, linking subjective states with political aims and public institutions, can be found in Economy & Society, Journal of Happiness Studies, and The Monist.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General