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Title: Will We All Hunker Down? The Impact of Immigration and Diversity on Local Communities in Spain
Authors: Morales, Laura
Echazarra, Alfonso
First Published: 1-Aug-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 2013, 23 (3), pp. 343-366
Abstract: This article engages with the scholarly debate on the supposed negative effect of immigration and diversity, and analyses its effect on two different forms of trust - community trust and generalized trust - in Spain. Our contribution is twofold. Firstly, with census section level data of representative samples of all the Spanish municipalities, we test the propositions that relate greater ethnic diversity to social trust. Secondly, we address the limitations intrinsic to the crude measurement of diversity of the Herfindahl index with a systematic consideration of multiple alternative indicators of immigration-related diversity. We find evidence of a negative effect of diversity on community trust but none on generalized trust. Hence, our findings lend some support to the recent scholarship that questions that increasing diversity has a ‘hunkering down’ effect.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17457289.2013.808642
ISSN: 1745-7289
eISSN: 1745-7297
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2013, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 2013, 23 (3), pp. 343-366 (© Taylor & Francis), available online at:
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