Does political trust matter?

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This chapter examines the concept of political trust and recent patterns in its practice. It does this in three parts. Part one explores some definitional issues and asks – what is driving political trust? In part two we evaluate whether the decline of political trust is a global phenomenon or subject to different patterns of change. In the final part of the chapter we identify the potential impacts of low levels of political trust, whether it matters and what can be done about it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
EditorsStephen Elstub, Oliver Escobar
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781786433855
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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Stoker, G., & Evans, M. (2019). Does political trust matter? In S. Elstub, & O. Escobar (Eds.), Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance (pp. 120-134). Edward Elgar Publishing.