Federal Political Culture and Citizen Trust: Evidence, Boundaries and Potential

Prof. A J Brown
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Can subnational borders and margins serve as cornerstones that may in some respects divide, but in other respects support the viability of political systems by increasing their resilience in the face of volatile national and global politics, fractious social divides and uncertain confidence? This panel focuses on the use of comparative public opinion to better understand the modern importance of federal political systems, and other forms of multi-level governance, as a positive means of institutionalising particular political values and community interests against pressures of political centralisation and disintegration alike. Building on previous IPSA panels in this field, it presents new research from Australia, Canada, the United States, the UK and Europe to further test and develop methods of measuring citizen attachment to federalist institutions especially as a key element of understanding how political systems can better engender and sustain citizen trust.