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Neal, T. M. S., PytlikZillig, L. M., Bornstein, B. H., & Shockley, E. (2016). Inspiring and advancing the many-disciplined study of institutional trust. In Shockley, E., Neal, T. M. S., PytlikZillig, L. M., & Borstein, B. H. (Eds.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on trust: Towards theoretical and methodological integration (pp. 1-16). Springer.


This is a pre-print version of the table of contents and abstracts for the book cited above. It is not the publication of record. Please see the Springer book or the individual chapters through the Springer website for the final versions of record.


The purpose of this volume is to consider how trust research, particularly trust in institutions, might benefit from increased inter- or transdisciplinarity. In this introductory chapter, we first give some background on prior disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary work relating to trust. Next, we describe how this manydisciplined volume on institutional trust emerged from the joint activities of the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation and a National Science Foundation-funded Workshop on institutional trust. This chapter describes some of the themes that emerged, while also providing an overview of the rest of the volume, which includes chapters that discuss conceptualizations, definitions, and measurement of trust; institutional trust across domains and contexts; and theoretical advances regarding the “dark” and “light” sides of institutional trust. Finally, we conclude with some thoughts about the future of and potential promises and pitfalls of trust as a focus of interdisciplinary study.