Quality of life

Societal change and trust in institutions

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Updated
04 February 2019
Published
12 December 2018
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Abstract

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

    Mudança social e confiança nas instituições

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Como revelam os dados dos Inquéritos Europeus sobre a Qualidade de Vida e do Eurobarómetro, o acentuado declínio da confiança nas instituições foi um fenómeno temporário no período de recessão. Nalguns Estados-Membros, a confiança na UE diminuiu mais durante este período do que a confiança nos próprios governos nacionais mas, na maioria dos países, a confiança na UE manteve-se geralmente mais elevada do que a confiança nos governos nacionais. O relatório mostra que a moderação das tensões sociais e dos sentimentos de exclusão social pode ajudar a conter o declínio da confiança. No entanto, a melhoria da qualidade dos serviços públicos é o motor mais poderoso para aumentar a confiança nas instituições. A confiança nas instituições públicas tem consequências encorajadoras e práticas: por exemplo, os países com maior confiança nas instituições políticas têm um nível mais baixo de evasão fiscal (défice de IVA) e um maior apoio público às 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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