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Paths to trust: explaining citizens' trust to experts and evidence-informed policymaking during the COVID-19 pandemic

Angelou, Angelos, Ladi, Stella, Panagiotatou, Dimitra and Tsagkroni, Vasiliki (2023) Paths to trust: explaining citizens' trust to experts and evidence-informed policymaking during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Administration. ISSN 0033-3298

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Identification Number: 10.1111/padm.12962

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic brought forward new questions about the efficient implementation of arduous public policies. Drawing evidence from the pandemic, this article argues that, during crises, policymakers will often opt for evidence-informed policymaking, hoping for better results. In line with previous studies, we show that citizens trust more policies coming from experts rather than policymakers and elected politicians. We also add nuance to these claims as we attribute this tendency to the technocratic legitimacy thesis, referring to the symbolic significance of expert authority. Employing a public opinion survey conducted across four European countries, Germany, Greece, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, we show that independently of prior levels of political trust and each country's mortality rate, citizens welcomed evidence-informed policies during the pandemic's first wave. Politicians can leverage these insights to increase public compliance with crisis management policies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14679299
Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2024 09:51
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 06:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/123662

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