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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

#rebuildingtrust 

The Vienna Policy Conference, October 29-30, 2015, delved into one of the most important trends driving change in European politics: the dramatic drop in public trust in many political institutions. Policy researchers, activists, leading European thinkers, and political figures discussed new research and analysis of the causes and consequences of the trust gap across the European continent. Debating Europe and openDemocracy covered the event.


Time for a reckoning: NGOs, public trust and democracy

Accountability practices, intended to increase trust in NGOs, can lead to a narrow focus on projects at the expense of engaging in wider campaigning for social transformation. 

European trust: the perfect storm

To entrust an increasingly sceptical public with more and more veto powers at the very moment when existing veto powers threaten the EU project - does not seem right.

Trust - in a system built in stone

We need to gain distance from the state, even as we make claims. And the claims we make should serve a dual purpose. Interview.

Political trust or trust in political institutions?

When states lack social legitimacy, a lack of trust in politicians or political parties is merely a symptom of this. Who then do we turn to?

Rebuilding trust in Europe will mean a new and more populist way of doing politics

The truth is that ‘trust me’ didn’t work and the much-vaunted expertise of the ‘third way’ politicians have contributed to the disarray we see all around us. 

Rolling back corporate capture will take more than EU lobby transparency

If Europe is serious about regulating the car industry and protecting public health and the climate, it needs to stand up to the car lobby rather than allowing those resisting regulation to write it. 

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