The Paradox of Trust in a "Low Trust" Society. Insights from a Greek Study

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Professor Stathis Kalyvas

Professor Stathis Kalyvas


Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Kevin Featherstone

Widely used measures of trust rank Greece as one of Europe’s least trusting societies. Yet, when we undertook an ethnographic research project in a region of Northern Greece, we were surprised to find that individuals behaved in a way that is inconsistent with this characterization: they displayed high levels of trust in their personal interactions. The paper unpacks, explores, and explains this paradox.

Meet our speaker and chair

Stathis N. Kalyvas is Gladstone Professor of Government and fellow of All Souls College at Oxford. Until 2018 he was Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he founded and directed the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence and co-directed the Hellenic Studies Program. In 2019 he founded the T. E. Lawrence Program on Conflict and Violence at All Souls College, which he directs. He is the author, among others, of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996), The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015). His work has received multiple awards. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008 and of the British Academy since 2020.

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in European Politics in the European Institute at LSE, where he is also Director of the Hellenic Observatory.

More about this event

The Hellenic Observatory (@HO_LSE) is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.

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