This IIAS Study Group on Trust and Public Attitudes aims to be an intellectual platform and meeting place for debate among public administration and management researchers analysing public attitudes.
The Study group will not only invest in analysis, but will also stimulate the exchange of ideas with relevant government organisations.

Specific objectives of the Study Group are:

  • To empirically analyse determinants and consequences of citizen attitudes towards public services and trust in public administration;
  • To compare levels of public trust across countries and attitudes to public services across countries and jurisdictions, and to identify factors explaining cross-national or crossjurisdictional
  • variation;
  • To share methodological skills to analyse large scale datasets and stimulate the diffusion new analytic tools and methodological innovations;
  • To share and disseminate national and international datasets measuring attitudes towards the public sector, public services and government;
  • To compare and assess the international conceptual and measurement equivalence of items and scales used to measure trust and attitudes to the public sector;
  • To develop common scales and work towards the creation of shared data collection facilities.