Quality of life

Societal change and trust in institutions

Report
Actualizado
04 Febrero 2019
Publicado
12 Diciembre 2018
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Resumen

As data from the European Quality of Life Surveys and Eurobarometer show, the sharp decline in trust in institutions was a temporary phenomenon during the recession. In some Member States, trust in the EU declined more during this period than trust in national governments, but trust in the EU has generally remained higher than trust in national governments in most countries. The report shows that moderating social tensions and feelings of social exclusion can help to stem the decline in trust. However, to boost trust in institutions, improving the quality of public services is the most powerful driver. A number of encouraging and practical consequences result from trust in public institutions: for example, countries with higher trust in political institutions have a lower level of tax evasion (VAT gap) and greater public support for policy reforms. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    66
    Reference No: 
    EF18036
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1796-0
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-03-18-485-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/736845
    Catalogue info

    Societal change and trust in institutions

    As data from the European Quality of Life Surveys and Eurobarometer show, the sharp decline in trust in institutions was a temporary phenomenon during the recession. In some Member States, trust in the EU declined more during this period than trust in national governments, but trust in the EU has generally remained higher than trust in national governments in most countries.

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  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    EF180361
    Catalogue info

    Cambio social y confianza en las instituciones

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Según demuestran los datos de la Encuesta Europea sobre la Calidad de Vida y del Eurobarómetro, el marcado descenso de la confianza en las instituciones fue un fenómeno transitorio que se produjo durante la recesión. En algunos Estados miembros, la confianza en la UE disminuyó más durante este período que la confianza en los gobiernos nacionales, pero en la mayoría de los países la confianza en la UE se mantuvo por lo general más elevada que la confianza en los Gobiernos nacionales. El informe demuestra que moderar las tensiones sociales y los sentimientos de exclusión social puede contribuir a frenar el descenso de la confianza. No obstante, a fin de reforzar la confianza en las instituciones, el factor más importante es mejorar la calidad de los servicios públicos. Toda una serie de consecuencias alentadoras y prácticas se derivan de la confianza en las instituciones públicas: por ejemplo, los países con un mayor nivel de confianza en las instituciones políticas presentan un menor nivel de evasión fiscal (divergencia en materia de IVA) y un mayor apoyo popular a las reformas políticas.

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  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    Carried out every four years, this unique, pan-European European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the 2016 edition of the EQLS.

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