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Enlightened trust: An examination of trust and distrust in governance – conditions, effects and remedies (EnTrust)


This project doesn't include Faculty of Medicine. It includes Faculty of Social Studies. Official project website can be found on
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Project Identification
Project Period
2/2020 - 4/2024
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Social Studies
trust, distrust, determinants, practical implications, remedies, risk analysis, prevention, policy recommendations, public opinion, civil society, public sphere, social media, civic dialogue
Cooperating Organization
University of Copenhagen
Universität Siegen
Universita degli Studi di Siena
Uniwersytet Warszawski
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
Civil Society Europe
University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

This project aims to address trust and distrust in governance in the European context by focusing on three axes. First, it considers trust and distrust as distinct, equally relevant and mutually interrelated dimensions of the relations between citizens and various governance actors. Second, the proposal looks at trust and distrust and their complex interrelations as collective phenomena that are created and reproduced through practices, contestation, negotiation, interpretations between various actors across different societal arenas or fields. Third, the proposal takes account of the complexity of trust/distrust relations by taking a differential look at the various targets of trust and distrust situated at different levels of aggregation and in various arenas.
Objectives of projects are:

  • To develop an interdisciplinary and multidimensional theoretical framework about the relationship between trust and distrust in governance complementing accounts from sociology, political science, psychology, ethics and philosophy,
  • To produce a mapping of different cultures of trust and distrust and their development and interlinkages over time.
  • To identify and develop best practices of trust building and dealing with distrust
  • To proactively engage in dissemination and communication activities and develop recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.

Sustainable Development Goals

Masaryk University is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the conditions and quality of life on our planet by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal No.  3 – Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal No.  8 – Decent work and economic growth


Total number of publications: 10

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