Inspiring and advancing the many-disciplined study of institutional trust

Tess Neal, Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig, Ellie Shockley

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The purpose of this volume is to consider how trust research, particularly trust in institutions, might benefit from increased inter- or transdisciplinarity. In this introductory chapter, we first give some background on prior disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary work relating to trust. Next, we describe how this many-disciplined volume on institutional trust emerged from the joint activities of the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation and a National Science Foundation-funded Workshop on institutional trust. This chapter describes some of the themes that emerged, while also providing an overview of the rest of the volume, which includes chapters that discuss conceptualizations, definitions, and measurement of trust; institutional trust across domains and contexts; and theoretical advances regarding the “dark” and “light” sides of institutional trust. Finally, we conclude with some thoughts about the future of and potential promises and pitfalls of trust as a focus of interdisciplinary study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Theoretical and Methodological Integration
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319222615
ISBN (Print)9783319222608
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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