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Trusting the Tax Office: Does Putnam's thesis relate to tax?

dc.contributor.authorJob, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorHonaker, David
dc.contributor.authorAustralian National University. Centre for Tax System Integrity
dc.contributor.authorAustralian Taxation Office
dc.identifier.isbn0 642 76849 8
dc.description.abstractData from the Community Participation and Citizenship Survey are used to explore the factors that influence people to place trust in strangers and impersonal others. We use Putnams social capital thesis to explore whether civic engagement and associational membership are major factors in the development of generalised or social trust, and whether this kind of trust is generalisable to trust in government institutions, specifically the Australian Taxation Office. There is partial support for Putnams thesis that civic engagement develops social trust. More important is affective trust which is developed in the family and through familiar others. We find that trust is generalisable, being extended to strangers and to the impersonal others in government institutions. It is trust that builds trust and government institutions like the Tax Office begin their task with benefits accrued through generalised trust.
dc.format.extent37 pages
dc.publisherCentre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI), Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
dc.publisherAustralian Taxation Office
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper (Centre for Tax System Integrity) ; no. 53
dc.rightsCentre for Tax System Integrity, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
dc.rightsCommonwealth of Australia
dc.subjectsocial capital
dc.subjectAustralian Tax Office
dc.subjectCommunity Participation and Citizenship survey
dc.subjectpublic opinion
dc.subject.lcshTaxation - Australia.
dc.titleTrusting the Tax Office: Does Putnam's thesis relate to tax?
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.identifier.absfor180119 - Law and Society
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCTSI, RSSS
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission received from RegNet to add their publications to Open Research - ERMS2457502
CollectionsANU Centre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI)


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