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The chapter looks into the determinants of political trust in Central Europe. We focus on four types of political trust determinants: policy outcomes-based explanations; policy congruence and political distance; support for key democratic principles; and general and particular social trust. Our findings suggest the quality of public administration has an important role in facilitating citizens’ support for the political regime. Focusing on democratic values, we find that both democratic and autocratic preferences boost political trust. When considering ideological and policy congruence, we find that traditional worldviews, as well as left-right proximity to the current government, also have an effect on political trust. Finally, where populist parties are in power, trust in government is higher.

In: Behind the Illiberal Turn: Values in Central Europe
“We have to abandon liberal methods and principles of organizing a society. The new state that we are building is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state”, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban famously said in 2014, exemplifying a broader trend taking place in Central Europe. Why would the countries that were praised as democratization and Europeanization success stories take an illiberal turn? This volume explores changing values and attitudes to explain events that took place in the aftermath of the financial and migration crisis in six Central European countries: Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.