Trust in Crisis: Fact or Fiction? Remarks by Professor Gerry Stoker

Trust in Crisis event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with the Policy Institute and Kings College London

Trust in Crisis event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with the Policy Institute and Kings College London

On 22 August 2019 TrustGov’s own Professor Gerry Stoker joined a panel of experts to discuss what many refer to as the ‘crisis of trust‘.

Below is an edited version of his remarks on why we need to reframe the debate on trust, moving away from looking at whether or not we trust politicians, asking instead ‘whether we as citizens have the tools and capacities to make sound judgements about their performance‘. TrustGov takes this reframing as a basis to develop its alternative conceptualisation of skeptical trust.