OECD Global Forum: Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy

Plenary Session 1: Taking the pulse in OECD democracies: Trust in public institutions 

Nov 17, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

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In the context of multiple simultaneous crises and with information ecosystems under strain, as well as increasing expectations of citizens on participation, representation and government integrity, trust is an indicator to measure how citizens perceive the quality of, and associate with, public institutions. In democratic countries where citizens are free to report low trust in institutions and where trust fluctuates over time, trust has been low in many settings since the Global Financial Crisis. The 2021 OECD Survey of the Drivers of Trust in Public Institutions provides, for the first time, a comprehensive view of what drives trust in institutions and how to strengthen the resilience of democracies. This session will discuss how governments can deepen the democratic model and the various levers to improve trust.

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