The Decline of Trust, The Decline of Democracy?

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (3):363-378 (2005)
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Abstract The apparent decline of trust in our political and social communities is widely lamented by both social scientists and political analysts. Our newspapers now regularly feature new evidence indicating the decline of trust, as well as regular commentary worrying about the possible effects on the political and social institutions that matter to us. Of late, political philosophers have taken up the task of assessing what, specifically, is on the decline and what, further, might be the consequences of this decline. The five books reviewed below all attempt to answer four central questions: What is trust? Is trust really on the decline? If it is, what are the possible effects on our communities? What possible solutions can halt the decline of trust? The competing answers offered by these philosophers are evaluated, revealing we are only part way to resolving these important issues



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Patti Tamara Lenard
University of Ottawa

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Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics.Onora O'Neill - 2002 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
The Problem of Trust.Adam B. Seligman - 1997 - Princeton University Press.

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