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.