Using Socioeconomic Status as an Indicator of Confidence in U.S. Governmental Institutions

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Title:
Using Socioeconomic Status as an Indicator of Confidence in U.S. Governmental Institutions
Physical Description:
1 online resource (51 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Pridgen, Stephen M
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Master's ( M.A.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Sociology, Sociology and Criminology & Law
Committee Chair:
ARDELT,MONIKA
Committee Co-Chair:
CEOBANU,ALIN-MIHAI

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
class -- confidence -- government -- institution -- ses -- trust
Sociology and Criminology & Law -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Sociology thesis, M.A.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
During the last few decades, Western democracies have experienced significant decreases in the levels of confidence in their major public institutions. This has alarmed researchers across the social sciences because of its implications for the sustainability of democratic societies.This research shed light on the often avoided proposal of a connection between socioeconomic status and institutional confidence. Through a comparison of basic operationalizations of SES with established theoretically representative indicators more frequently used in the literature, this research was able to make a statement about the ability of SES indicators to predict institutional confidence in the United States. As a whole, measures of SES were significantly related to confidence in all of the branches of government. However, the single indicators of SES varied between institutions and survey years on their abilities to affect confidence. This nuanced understanding of the relationship between SES and institutional confidence provides a solid stepping stone toward understanding and improving the relationships between citizens and the institutions that comprise social structure.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Stephen M Pridgen.
Thesis:
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: ARDELT,MONIKA.
Local:
Co-adviser: CEOBANU,ALIN-MIHAI.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-12-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0046394:00001