The London Conference 2017
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Plenary Session Two: People vs Politics: Building and Breaking Trust

Monday 23 October, 1145 – 1245

Trust is fundamental for human progress – in governments, in institutions and between communities. Public trust enables citizens to engage with and build political communities beyond their tribe or class. But, recently, trust in political systems has eroded. This trend is not limited to the West – as attested by the scandals and political turmoil in Brazil, support for the Duterte presidency in the Philippines and the attempted coup and government response in Turkey. And in many countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, trust in the political process and accompanying institutions is intensely fragile.

Is this loss of trust cyclical, as the predominant systems of government age, or is this a more acute crisis? How do we build (or re-build) trust – and in what? Is this possible in a world of instant and often untrustworthy information?



Speaker information is forthcoming.