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How to Rebuild Trust in Public Institutions

The belief that public institutions are accessible and beneficial is crucial to democracy. Re-establishing a direct connection between government agencies and the citizens they serve can restore a sense of community and shared responsibilities, thereby helping to restore trust in representative institutions.

OXFORD/NASHVILLE – As voters around the world head to the polls this year, many have lost trust in politicians and even in democracy itself. For governments, addressing public disillusionment has become an urgent priority. How can they restore confidence in representative institutions and thus bolster the political legitimacy that elections confer?