This blog post on trust in governments is a compilation of presentations given at the OECD Workshop entitled "Joint Learning for an OECD Trust Strategy", held on 14 October 2013. The post, composed by Melinda George, is part of Wikiprogress' December spotlight on governance.
During the workshop, a variety of topics were discussed regarding trust in governments. Some common themes were why measuring trust is important, how to measure trust, the reflection of trust in governments on quality of governments, the crisis' impact on trust and reasons for lack of trust.
To give some highlights:
- Trust in government is intermingled with many other areas, namely:
- policy effectiveness
- economic policy
- the economy
- the economic crisis
- social capital
- After the crisis, in Iceland, trust in institutions remained relatively high, trust in politicians very low, and voter turnout relatively high.
- To strengthen the quality of government, there should be:
- free universal education
- universal social services/insurance systems
- fairness (impartiality) in the implementation of public policies
- merit-based recruitment and promotion to the civil service
- gender equality
- Unemployment has a strong, negative effect on trust in public institutions.