Working Paper Series

No. 7 | „Knowledge and Trust. What We Can Learn From the Debates About Epistemic Injustice“ by Regina Schidel

My aim in this paper is to make the debates about epistemic injustice fruitful for an analysis of trust in the knowledge of others. Epistemic trust is understood here in a broad sense: not only as trust in scientific knowledge or expert knowledge, but also as trust in implicit, positioned and experience-based knowledge. Using insights from discussions of epistemic injustice, I argue for three interrelated theses.

No. 6 | „Terrorism and Voting The Rise of Right‐Wing Populism in Germany“ by Guido Friebel, Marius Liebald and Navid Sabet

Can right‐wing terrorism increase support for far‐right populist parties and if so, why? Exploiting quasi‐random variation between successful and failed attacks across German municipalities, we find that successful attacks lead to significant increases in the vote share for the right‐wing, populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party in state elections.

No. 5 | „What is political about political trust?“ by Ilaria Cozzaglio

The resurgence of populism and the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic have consolidated an appeal to the language
of trust and distrust in the political arena, but any reference to these notions has often turned into an ideological and
polarized debate. As a result, the possibility of developing an appropriate picture of the conditions for trust in politics has
been undermined.

No. 4 | „The Deconstruction and Reproduction of Mistrust“ by Jonas Wolff

Over the last three decades, countries across the Andean region have moved toward legal recognition of indigenous justice systems. This turn toward legal pluralism, however, has been and continues to be heavily contested. The working paper explores a theoretical perspective that aims at analyzing and making sense of this contentious process by assessing the interplay between conflict and (mis)trust.

No. 3 | „Time and the Growth of Trust under Conditions of Extreme Uncertainty. Illustrations from Peace and Conflict Studies“ by Hanna Pfeifer and Irene Weipert-Fenner

The article studies civil wars and trust dynamics from two perspectives. It looks, first, at rebel governance during ongoing armed conflict and, second, at mass mobilisation against the regime in post-conflict societies. Both contexts are marked by extraordinarily high degrees of uncertainty given continued, or collective memory of, violence and repression.

No. 2 | „The Justification of Trust in Conflict. Conceptual and Normative Groundwork“ by Rainer Forst

This paper challenges widespread assumptions in trust research according to which trust and conflict are opposing terms or where trust is generally seen as a value. Rather, it argues that trust is only valuable if properly justified, and it places such justifications in contexts of social and political conflict.