Institutional trust and media use in times of cultural backlash: A cross-national study in nine European countries.

Marc Verboord*, Susanne Janssen, Nete Kristensen, Franziska Marquart

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The paper contributes to the study of institutional trust by making a connection to “cultural backlash” theory and analyzing more recent forms of news consumption. We examine how trust in politics, media, and science is shaped by “cultural backlash” and media use in nine European countries. We employ representative survey data collected in 2021 in Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as part of a large European research project. The results suggest that both exogenous (or “cultural”) and endogenous (or “institutional”) dimensions of cultural backlash matter for explaining institutional trust. Trust benefits from progressive–liberal values and less ideological extremism, but is hindered by discontentment with societal developments and political disengagement. Using public television is positively, and social media negatively associated with trust. While we find distinctions across institutions, there is huge consistency across countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Press/Politics
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship,
and/or publication of this article: This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 870691.

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