Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
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Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance

Edited by Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar

Democratic innovations are proliferating in politics, governance, policy, and public administration. These new processes of public participation are reimagining the relationship between citizens and institutions. This Handbook advances understanding of democratic innovations, in theory and practice, by critically reviewing their importance throughout the world. The overarching themes are a focus on citizens and their relationship to these innovations, and the resulting effects on political equality. The Handbook therefore offers a definitive overview of existing research on democratic innovations, while also setting the agenda for future research and practice.
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Chapter 8: Does political trust matter?

Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Abstract

Does the decline of political trust matter? We observe a global trend subject to different patterns of change across nation states with a general tendency to undermine collective problem-solving capability. Bridging the trust divide requires a combination of reforms to the representative system of government bolstered by participatory democratic innovations. It’s the mix that matters.

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