TRUSTCRISIS aims to subject assumptions on the effects of low and declining political trust to systematic empirical tests, and to identify the relevant actors and mechanisms that bring about these effects. It meets these aims through three linked sub-projects about (1) the macro-level effects on the regime’s institutions, (2) the meso-level effects on the political elites that propose policy, affect public opinion, and mobilize voters, and (3) the micro-level effects on citizens’ law compliance and support for democratic reform. Causal relationships and mechanisms are uncovered by a.o. time series analysis, discourse analysis and content analysis of parliamentary debates, and elite interviews.
TRUSTCRISIS is headed by myself, in a collaboration with three postdocs (Erika van Elsas, Atle Haugsgjerd, Eefje Steenvoorden) and a PhD-student (Ebe Ouattara). It has been financed by the Dutch Science Foundation.