Trust, Society and Democracy

Trust, Society and Democracy

7/11/21 - 7/17/21

Recent work from the Pew Research Center indicates a troubling trend: a growing distrust in the public’s political wisdom when it comes to democratic decisions. This idea — that we no longer even trust each other — is a relatively new phenomenon, and reflects a larger picture of distrust in institutions across the board.

How can trust be restored, and what is the role of healthy skepticism? What do we do with institutions that society has declared broken, what must institutions do to rebuild trust with those they serve, and how can we work to regain trust with one another?

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Trust, Society and Democracy
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