What is the issue?
In many advanced economies rising inequalities and disparities in regional economic performance, notably among urban and rural areas, appear to be met with rising citizen mistrust in government and publici institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic risks exacerbating the disparities given its asymmetric socio-economic impact. Meanwhile, trust in government has been crucial for generating compliance with containment measures, vaccine acceptance and successfully managing the crisis. Understanding regional and local drivers of trust in government can help policymakers better tackle the underlying sources of declining trust and design targeted strategies for a resilient recovery.
The OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) is launching a new stream of work to explore the territorial dimensions of trust in government. It is organised in partnership with the OECD Public Governance Directorate (GOV) as part of the broader OECD work on the drivers of trust in government and public institutions.
On 7 July 2021, the OECD Webinar "Trust in Government: Understanding its Territorial Divides" brought together experts from around the world to build the knowledge base and promote international dialogue on:
The Webinar also explored whether local characteristics and socio-economic conditions can influence trust in government, as well as the role of place-based policies and multi-level governance mechanisms in addressing the underlying determinants of trust and mistrust.
Presentations by OECD and international experts
Maria Varinia Michalun (MariaVarinia.MICHALUN@oecd.org)