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Deciphering the Dutch drop: ten explanations for decreasing political trust in The Netherlands

Bovens, Mark; Wille, Anchrit


The Netherlands has always been the odd case out regarding trust in public institutions. In the 1980s and 1990s, contrary to international trends, trust in government remained high and even increased. Suddenly, from 2002 onwards, public trust in government declined dramatically. In this article we examine the plausibility of ten explanations, embedded in the international scholarly literature, and explore whether they are empirically supported or rebutted in case of the Dutch drop. We find that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: International Review of Administrative Sciences
DOI: 10.1177/0020852308091135


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