Armenia: Assessing Civil Society and Trust in Political Institutions



How does trust, or the lack thereof, contribute to civil society development? Do Armenian citizens trust political institutions? If so, to what extent? What social and demographic factors influence one’s propensity to trust the state or NGOs, or even one’s fellow citizens? These are the questions Anoush Djrbashian, research assistant at the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, attempts to answer in her research. Using extensive, multi-year survey data from the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) , research will assess the impact, over time, of certain political developments on Armenian citizens’ levels of trust.