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    Civic education, civil society, and political mistrust in a developing democracy: the case of the Dominican Republic. [Educación cívica, sociedad civil y desconfianza política en una democracia en vías de desarrollo: el caso de la República Dominicana]

    Finkel SE; Sabatini CA; Bevis GG

    World Development. 2000; 28(11):1851-74.

    The paper explores the effect of donor-supported civic education programs on levels of citizen trust in institutions in the Dominican Republic. Using attitudinal surveys of control and treatment groups the paper demonstrates that civic education had a direct, negative effect on participants' levels of institutional trust, with the greatest negative effects on trust in governmental bodies such as the army and the judicial system. The paper argues that this stems from the type of groups that conduct civic education in democratizing countries, many of which are not politically or socially neutral. The paper concludes with a discussion of these findings for theories of democracy and civil society and for donor-supported civic education programs. (author's)
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