Journal of Politics
Compared to mass publics in other nations, a relatively large number of Americans believe that they are politically competent—that they are able to influence political affairs. And yet, over the past several years we have witnessed the estrangement of substantial portions of the American citizenry from the political system—an estrangement accompanied by an increase in popular distrust of government.
Abravanel, M D. and Busch, Ronald J., "Political Competence, Political Trust, and Action Orientations of University Students" (1975). Political Science Faculty Publications. 14.
Abravanel, M.D., and Ronald J. Busch. 1975. "Political Competence, Political Trust, and Action Orientations of University Students." Journal of Politics 37:57-82.
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