The global economic crisis has undermined trust in government. Today only four out of ten citizens in OECD countries say they have confidence in their national authorities. The increasingly short-term focus of modern politics is leading to a collective failure to find solutions to major global challenges, which require coordinated, longer-term action. All of this shines a bright light on the need for politics and political institutions to adapt to 21st century needs. Governments and political institutions must find ways to demonstrate and improve their reliability and responsiveness to the concerns of citizens. They must reform to become more open and inclusive. They need to show integrity and fairness in the way they operate and deal with their constituents. This also applies to international governmental organisations and processes such as the G20, which can sometimes be further removed from citizens.
- Tackle corruption to restore trust
- It's time to tax
- Financial reform: Progress, what progress?
- Building up trust
- Trust and the Wealth of Nations
- Trust in tax, not it's avoidance
- Trust (not money) makes the world go 'round
- Trust in government
- OECD work on public governance
- New Pact for Europe: First Report, Strategic Options for Europe's Future, December 2013
A publication of the King Baudoin Foundation, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Policy Centre (EPC)
- Now for the Long Term
The Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, October 2013, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford