Quality of life

Societal change and trust in institutions

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4 Feabhra 2019
Published
12 Nollaig 2018
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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 hasRead more

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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  • Report

    Number of pages: 
    66
    Reference no.: 
    EF18036
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1796-0
    Catalogue no.: 
    TJ-03-18-485-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/736845
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    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
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    Societal change and trust in institutions - Executive summary

    Author(s): 
    Eurofound

    The decade since the Great Recession has been seen as signalling a ‘crisis of trust’ in European societies, involving a decline in trust in people and institutions. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, governments in all Member States struggled to curb unemployment, manage public debt, and return to economic growth. In many countries, this led to a feeling of distrust in national political institutions and in EU institutions. In the European context, the erosion of trust in institutions has given rise to questions about the potential impact on political and social stability, as well as the implications for European integration. While some citizens and political interests blamed the EU for the problems caused by the economic crisis, a decline in trust in national governments was also apparent. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    Eurofound's 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 EQLS 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

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