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What are the factors that affect the decline of trust in the governmen

What are the factors that affect the decline of trust in the governmen


School: University of Utah
Department: Political Science
Course: US Natl Govt
Professor: Dan jones
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: Gov, american, Government, National, distrust, In, Politics, long, decline, Of, and Trust
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Name: Long Decline of Trust in Government Notes and In Class Notes
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Long Decline of Trust in Government Notes and In Class Notes

Long Decline of Trust on Government

Don't forget about the age old question of econ 102

Decline -might be due to increase in knowledge of how government works, not necessarily fromIf you want to learn more check out What are the different formulas for vectors?

        Being disappointed.

People agree on: needing peace, security and economic growth.We also discuss several other topics like What is the formula for division of complex numbers?

People disagree on: how to achieve these goals.

1958: 73% trusted the government.If you want to learn more check out Why are courts considered to be political institutions?

2014: only 24% trusted the government.

Bad Economy =less trust in governmentWe also discuss several other topics like aleks uga

Higher trust in government when your candidate is in office

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Trust in all kinds of institutions has gone down since 1950s

This is how America started -questioning authority.


Cha. 1 AG        5 principles of Politics

Rationality :all political behavior has a goal/purpose

Institutional : institutions structure politics.

Collective action: all politics is collective action.

Policy: political outcomes are the products of preferences by individuals and procedures of


History: process of how we got here ,matters.

Autocracy: political authority in one person, i.e. a king or dictator.

Oligarchy: small groups of landowners, wealthy men, etc. have authority.

Democracy: more people participate and the populace has influence.

Constitutional government: governments that are limited.

Authoritarian: government is kept in check by other political/social institutions like labor unions,

        Churches, business groups, etc.

Totalitarian: government of legal limits and they seek to eliminate groupings that might challenge

        Their authority. dominate/control every sphere of political, economic, and social life.

Politics: conflicts and struggles over the leadership, structure, and policies of government.

Instrumental: done with purpose, forethought, and calculations, political behavior, thus shaping


Jurisdiction: the domain over which people (institutional members) have the authority to make

Agenda power: describes who determined what will be taken into consideration in an


Veto Power -the ability to defeat something even if it becomes part of the agenda.

Decisiveness Rules -specify when votes may be taken and the sequence in which votes occur.

Delegation -the transmission of authority to some other official or body for the latter’s use.

Principle -agent relationship -this relationships is affected by the fact that each is motivated by

        Self-interest, and they might not have the same interests.

Transaction Cost -cost of clarifying each aspect of a principal-agent relationship and monitoring

        The answer arrangements are followed.

Informal Bargaining -having an understanding, but not a legally bound agreement.

Formal Bargaining -Governed by rules.

WHY IT MATTERS: Why do we dislike government, but expect so much?

Politics -’conflict, struggle, cooperation, and collaboration over the leadership, structure, and

        policies of the government.’


          ‘Who gets what, when, and how.’ -Harold Laswell

Government -’The formal political arrangements through which a land and its people are rules’

        Means of Resolving Societal Conflict, how a society’s resources are used, rules/laws of a society, people trying to influence societal decisions.

        Formal Structures through politics take place -rules that govern how political conflict


Political Science -Explaining Politics and government.

Authority extends beyond government.

Power is in the government.

Collective Action -the pooling of resources and the coordination of effort and activity by a group

        Of people to achieve a common goal.

Free Riding -enjoying the benefits of some -good/action while letting others bear the cost.

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