Trusting Politicians and Institutions in a Multi-Level Setting

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Trust in government and in politicians is a very crucial prerequisite for democratic processes. This goes not only for the national level of government but also for the regional and local. We make use of a large scale survey among citizens in Denmark to evaluate trust in politicians at different levels of government. And find that trust in local politicians is a bit higher than trust in MPs – especially among citizens who are well satisfied with the municipal service delivery. By introducing a number of municipal level variables in an MLA analysis, it is also found, that very chaotic government formation processes can negatively influence trust in the mayor and the councilors. Reaching out for the local power by being disloyal to one’s own party or by breaking deals already made can sometimes secure the mayoralty but it comes with a prize: lower trust among the electorate.
Publikationsdatojun. 2015
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2015
BegivenhedInternational Congress of IIAS - Windsor Florida Hotel, Rio de Janiero, Danmark
Varighed: 22. jun. 201526. jun. 2015


KonferenceInternational Congress of IIAS
LokationWindsor Florida Hotel
ByRio de Janiero