Trust as State Capacity by Sir Tim Besley
This presentation will discuss the link between trust in government and building states that are effective in taxing, regulating and providing public services. It will begin by reviewing a standard top-down approach to state capacity building and then lay out a canonical framework where trust is central. The framework will be used to reflect on some empirical evidence. It will also discuss what we know about how trust is built and sustained as well as the link between trust and forms of unrest.