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Young people trust governments less after exposure to an epidemic

Aksoy, Cevat, Eichengreen, Barry and Saka, Orkun (2020) Young people trust governments less after exposure to an epidemic. LSE Covid 19 Blog (22 Jun 2020). Blog Entry.

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What will be the political legacy of the coronavirus pandemic? A new study shows that epidemic exposure in an individual’s “impressionable years” (ages 18-25) has a persistent negative effect on trust in political institutions and leaders, especially in democracies. Combined with other evidence that trust is important for limiting the spread of infection, Cevat Giray Aksoy (King’s College London), Barry Eichengreen (Berkeley) and Orkun Saka (LSE) say this raises the spectre of a circular, self-reinforcing spiral in which poor public health policy leads to deeper distrust, further undermining its effectiveness.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 00:01

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