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Trust in government can be understood as positive perceptions of citizens about the state of government. It is grounded either in actual experiences or by the subjective assessment. Trust in government is both a driver of government effectiveness and an outcome of government actions and reforms.


The decline of public trust in government has developed to be a universal phenomenon. Many governments and international organizations have tried to identify the reason for the decline and, at the same time, to rebuild trust in government with reform measures (OECD 2013). Decline of trust in government may affect the efficacy of government policies. The declining support of government may contribute to the growing difficulty of recruiting the best and brightest for the civil service. The government distrust tends...

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Kikuchi, M. (2018). Public Trust in Government, Japan. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.

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