Title: The Politics of Trust
Abstract: Is there a crisis in political trust? How does trust work when citizens and government face a crisis on the scale of COVID-19? Is the real trust crisis that citizens struggle to decide who is trustworthy? In this presentation Will Jennings presents findings from the ESRC-funded 'TrustGov' project, drawing on evidence from cross-national surveys conducted in 25 countries and 60 focus groups conducted in 8 countries (covering a range of global regions and regime types). He considers the evidence for whether trust is in decline, how trust was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how it influenced the effectiveness of government responses, and how citizens go about their reasoning processes in making trust judgements.
Bio: Will Jennings is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southampton and Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded 'TrustGov' project exploring trust and trustworthiness of national and global governance. He is also Elections Analyst for Sky News. His research explores questions relating to public policy and political behaviour, specifically in relation to public opinion, political trust, elections, political geography, agenda-setting, and public administration. He is coauthor of Policy Agendas in British Politics (Palgrave, 2013), The Politics of Competence (Cambridge University Press, 2017), The Good Politician (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and The British General Election of 2019 (Palgrave, 2021).
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