Resilience and Adaption: Pandemic, Politics, and Public Trust in Democracy
Public trust is critical in the functioning of democracies. Citizens do not need to agree with every government policy or trust each individual officeholder — but they do need to have confidence that democratic institutions and practices protect their interest, act responsibly, and uphold the rule of law.
In recent years, public trust in government has declined in the United States and Europe. COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented series of crises. Is the pandemic leading to greater confidence in democratic institutions by rallying people around the common cause of fighting the health crisis and economic disruption? Or are we witnessing a further deterioration of trust and deeper political polarization?
Join 1014 and the American Council on Germany on Election Day for a discussion with Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Laura Krause, Director of More in Common, Germany.
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