Trust in government among British Muslims: The importance of migration status

Rahsaan Maxwell

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    This article engages debates about Muslim integration in Western societies by analyzing trust in government among British Muslims. A central finding of the article is that British Muslims are more likely than Christians to have high levels of trust in government. To account for these outcomes, I highlight the importance of general political satisfaction and political efficacy as opposed to the more specifically assimilation and segregation-related variables identified by the literature on minority attitudes. In addition, I posit that Muslims are more likely to have positive political attitudes because they are more likely than Christians to be migrants and migrants are more likely than natives to have optimistic evaluations of British society. I claim that these migration dynamics help account for much of the attitudinal differences between Muslims and Christians.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)89-109
    Number of pages21
    JournalPolitical Behavior
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 2010


    • Britain
    • Ethnic minority migrant
    • Integration
    • Muslim
    • Religion
    • Trust in government

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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