Educating the Public on Evidence-based methods for improving inter-group civility.

Incivility Across Nations and Eras

On this page you'll find discussions of incivility in earlier eras of American history, as well as comparisons of America to other nations. Sure, we've got problems, but let's keep this in perspective.


Russell J. Dalton, "The Social Transformation of Trust in Government," International Review of Sociology 15, no. 1 (March 2005): 133-54. 
– "We first demonstrate that public doubts about politicians and government are spreading across almost all advanced industrial democracies. The pervasiveness of this trend suggests that common social forces are affecting these nations, and we examine the social correlates of the decrease in trust."

Ron Inglehart and the World Values Survey….

April Clark and Marie Eisenstein (2012), "Interpersonal Trust: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis Revisited," Social Science Research.
– Clark and Eisenstein demonstrate in this research paper that trust has fallen in each generation starting in the 1940s. They argue that if this trend continues, "we will become a society of distrusters."

Christian Bjørnskov, "On the determinants of honesty perceptions in the United States," Rationality and Society, (August 2012), 324 (3), 257-294.
– Bjornskov demonstrates that the "decline in honesty perceptions in recent decades is… a consequence of increasing social polarization and the natural decline of the most trusting age cohorts."

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