Political stagecraft is about favorable representation of the politician and his message. Given the political ascendancy of Donald J. Trump, to particularities of Trump’s brand of political stagecraft, and its broader implications, deserve some attention.
It seems that we have two different methods to measure trust. The trust game is commonly said to represent a behavioral measure, whereas survey questions are attitudinal measures. The questions is, are these two methods measuring the same thing?
2016 may well go down in history as the year in which trust in political parties – or rather the political establishment – declined considerably at least in parts of the electorate.
It is not hard to see that the referendum was framed as a battle between the heart and the head. Since the Brexit-side could not win the battle of the heads, it went all in for the battle of the hearts.
In Finland, the students of upper secondary schools demonstrate significantly higher levels of political and social trust than the students of vocational schools.
How do you response to declining levels of trust? This is a question all types of political institutions have been struggling with in recent decades across established democracies, Finland included. Improving trust is of course no simple task.
How is political and institutional trust among individuals affected if they discuss a political matter with their peers? We tested this in an experiment where citizens discussed the position of the Swedish language in Finland. The results concerning political trust were somewhat surprising.
Political corruption has convincingly been shown to corrode political trust. Corruption goes against the fundamental tenets of democracy such as honesty, impartiality, openness, and accountability. If the political authorities and representatives do not conform to the normative expectations of the public, they will not be considered as trustworthy and acting in the public interest.
Why do people vote and what makes elections special? Is it possible to have democracy without elections? What is the relation between political trust and voter turnout? What is the role of political trust in voting and elections? Does high level of political trust automatically indicate high voter turnout?
Since the summer of 2015, the refugee crisis has become one of the most urgent issues that the European countries seek to solve together – or separately. Due to the crisis, the opinion climate across Europe has been largely affected by different perceptions of threat that immigration is seen to constitute. While there are several factors that may increase the perceptions of threat, there are also factors that reduce them. One such factor is generalized social trust, and its effects can be noted both at the individual and the societal level. Continue reading