The dimensions of political distrust, a comparison in France/Italy/UK and Germany

Mer, 03/08/2023 - 12:30 / 14:00

205AB, Viale Romania

Speaker: Bruno Cautrès , CEVIPOF-Sciences Po

Chair: Marc Lazar, full professor: “French and Italian Relations in Europe” (ssd SPS/11 – Sociologia generale) - BNL BNP Paribas Chair


This seminar is about the comparison between France and Italy regarding political trust/distrust and attitudes of citizens towards democracy. This seminar is based on the very recent wave 2023 of the Political Confidence Barometer conducted at Sciences Po with representative national samples in France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany. The data collected in this survey allows us to describe trust in several dimensions: interpersonal trust, social trust, political trust, and trust in public or private institutions. The data also allow us to describe the attitudes and demands of citizens with regard to democracy. In a dramatic international context (Ukraine) and a very difficult social context (inflation, energy crisis) can politics respond? If the fundamental attachment to the principles of representative democracy is still strongly anchored in opinions, trends towards structural democratic dissatisfaction are taking hold. Faced with this situation, France and Italy represent two contexts with similarities but also important differences in terms of the political context. The data collected in the survey allows for a very interesting comparison of images between G. Meloni and M. Le Pen. Does today's Italy show, as a kind of laboratory, what awaits tomorrow's France?

About the speaker

Bruno Cautrès is CNRS research fellow at Sciences Po / Cevipof. He is also Professor at Sciences Po and Titolare di Insegnamento at LUISS/Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the analysis of elections and voting in France. He coordinates the annual survey of the CEVIPOF "Baromètre de la confiance politique" at Sciences Po. 

Last publications: 

- "Le coup de maître de Jean-Luc Mélenchon". In: Pascal Perrineau, ed. Le vote clivé. Les élections présidentielles et législatives de 2022. Grenoble, PUG, 2022; 

- "France : The persisting relevance of religious voting". In: José Ramon Montero, Paolo Segatti, Kerman Calvo (ed.), Religious Voting in Western Democracies. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023