Social Cohesion Survey Curaҫao: A view of political engagement and trust
From November 2015 to January 2016 a Social Cohesion Survey (SCS) was conducted for the first time in Curaçao.
The idea behind this study was to gather a view of the state of key aspects of social cohesion in Curaçao. In other
words, the study’s focus was on whether the society works towards the well-being of all its members, promotes
inclusion, creates social involvement, stimulates participation, promotes trust, and offers its members the
opportunity of upward mobility.
A series of articles will be published on different aspects of social cohesion. In a previous edition of the Modus
Magazine (Modus, Jaargang 14 nummer 3) the aspect of inclusion was examined in relation to interpersonal
trust. The current article will elaborate on some aspects of political engagement and trust within the Curaçao
context. A theoretical overview of the main concepts will be given, followed by a description of the methodology, the
results and conclusion.
Engagement in political activities enables citizens to implement change in the society and tackle issues that are
relevant for the society in general, including individual needs. Some common forms of political engagement are
voting, participating in demonstrations and strikes. These actions are seen as actions that can influence the existing
political order towards an order closer to one’s ideas or expectations. Trust is an important aspect when it comes to
activating individuals towards political action as it may be the pushing power to engage with politics. Before one is
willing to invest time and effort in such an endeavor one has to have a certain level of trust in the political system.