Crisis, Governance and Trust
Explanation and analysis of the impact of governments’ Covid-19 measures at different levels on citizens’ trust in governments.
How did Covid-19 measures impact citizens’ trust towards their government(s)?
Public trust in the government is an important element of democratic legitimacy. WP5 analyses how various Covid-19 measures implemented at different government levels influenced citizens’ trust in governments at the local, regional, national or European level. To do so, it conducts a set of vignette experiments in a group of European countries. In a second step, a qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is carried out to identify the conditions that lead to a high or a low-level of trust in governments at different levels. Based on the insights of these studies, WP5 formulates a set of policy recommendations on the type of measures and government levels and their combination that solicitate a high level of citizens’ trust in governments’ crisis governance.