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Politics and International RelationsPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Trust and Trustworthiness in National and Global Governance

Trust and Mistrust signs

Funder: ESRC

Principal Investigators include Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton), Professor Pippa Norris (Harvard University and the University of Sydney), and Professor Gerry Stoker (University of Southampton and the University of Canberra).

There is a widespread concern among many scholars and popular commentators that citizens in Western democracies have grown increasingly distrustful of politicians, cynical about national and global governance institutions, and disillusioned with democratic processes and principles. Crises like the coronavirus pandemic highlight how trust can be crucial for governments seeking the compliance of citizens with policy, while such moments of crisis can themselves see leaders and governments enjoy a ‘rally-around-the-flag’ effect as citizens place their trust in political authorities to protect them.

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