Quality of Life and Trust

  • Ryan M. Yonk
  • Josh T. Smith
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


Skepticism and outright distrust of government have become the watchword of the political process in recent decades (Newton & Norris, 1999; Twenge et al., 2014). Though still too early to know the full effect, the 2016 election appears to have done little to alleviate that skepticism and likely did much to increase citizen concern over whether political institutions can be trusted. Indeed, it is possible that no single concept has launched more political campaigns than the vanguard call that we must not trust government. Political rhetoric of this sort has been of particular interest whenever a political party of minority status and the perennial repetition of the American electoral system have created an environment where trust in government is viewed as the purview of the naïve and ignorant.


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  • Ryan M. Yonk
    • 1
  • Josh T. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA

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