Global Trust in Government

Memo on trust in government prepared as background reading for attendees at Volcker Alliance inaugural September 2013 meeting, in partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar, on "Restoring the Public's Trust: Delivering on Public Policy Goals."
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Paul C. Light and Nerissa Clarke
  • Working for effective government

Declining trust is a problem facing industrialized nations worldwide, particularly the United States. This memo uses global data to explore a number of questions related to trust in government: (1) What is trust, and why is it important? (2) What is the current state of trust? (3) What factors drive trust? (4) Where are the leverage points for increasing trust in government? 

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Fast Fact


of Americans surveyed in 2013 responded that they trust the government in Washington to do what is right "just about always" or "most of the time."

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