Quality of life

Societal change and trust in institutions

Report
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12 Décembre 2018
Publié
12 Décembre 2018
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Résumé

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.

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Supplementary analysis – Societal change and trust in institutions (wpef18068 - 04/02/2019)

  • 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

    Mutations sociales et confiance dans les institutions

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Comme le montrent les données des enquêtes européennes sur la qualité de vie et de l’Eurobaromètre, le net déclin de la confiance dans les institutions était un phénomène temporaire allant de pair avec la récession. Dans certains États membres, la confiance dans l’UE a connu une baisse plus importante au cours de cette période que la confiance dans les gouvernements nationaux, mais elle est restée globalement plus élevée que la confiance dans les gouvernements nationaux dans la plupart des pays. Le rapport montre que la limitation des tensions sociales et du sentiment d’exclusion sociale peut contribuer à mettre un terme à l’érosion de la confiance. Néanmoins, l’amélioration de la qualité des services publics est moteur le plus puissant qui peut permettre de renforcer la confiance dans les institutions. La confiance dans les institutions publiques s’accompagne de nombreuses conséquences pratiques et encourageantes: par exemple, dans les pays dont les institutions politiques jouissent d’une plus grande confiance, la fraude fiscale (écart de TVA) est moins répandue et les réformes politiques bénéficient d’un soutien public plus important.

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Part of the series

  • 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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