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Why do voters lose trust in governments? Public perceptions of government honesty and trustworthiness in Britain 2000-2013

Whiteley, P and Clarke, HD and Sanders, D and Stewart, M (2016) 'Why do voters lose trust in governments? Public perceptions of government honesty and trustworthiness in Britain 2000-2013.' British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18 (1). 234 - 254. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2015. The aim of this article is to analyse trends in public perceptions of the honesty and trustworthiness of British governments over the period 2000 to 2013, years of great political and economic change in British society. These perceptions are surprisingly volatile over time, but they are stimulated by general elections and even more so by a change of government. Perceptions of government honesty can be understood to be the product of both policy delivery and public attitudes to the way democracy works in Britain. If individuals feel that economic policies and the delivery of public services are working well and also that democracy is effective, then they will trust the government of the day. In addition perceptions of government trustworthiness are strongly influenced by the public's evaluations of the Prime Minister, since the voters use this as a heuristic to judge the honesty of a government.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16902

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