Policies for Enhancing Public Trust and Avoiding Distrust in Digital Government During Pandemics: Insights from a Systematic Literature Review

Ecem Buse Sevinç Çubuk*, Burcu Demirdöven, Marijn Janssen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has demonstrated the importance of the state capacity and public policy-making process in managing both the pandemic and the resulting crisis. Trust and/or distrust in the relationship between citizens and authorities can determine the success or failure of states in combating pandemics. The goal of this study is to provide insight into trust and distrust in digital government during pandemics by creating an overview of the scattered knowledge. Accordingly, the chapter creates an overview of the factors influencing trust and distrust in digital government in pandemics. The results showed that factors affecting distrust are mostly associated with problems in the interactions between citizens and public authorities, whereas factors affecting trust address governments’ policy responses and public compliance. The level of trust is a dynamic condition that can either be strengthened or broken. A single factor can result in trust for one person and distrust for another person. Surprisingly, trust and distrust can coexist at the same time. Governments must pursue a balance between trust- and distrust-related factors in times of pandemics to derive the dual benefits of trust and distrust.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Administration and Information Technology
EditorsS. Saeed
PublisherSpringer
Pages1-23
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-86274-9-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePublic Administration and Information Technology
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2512-1812
ISSN (Electronic)2512-1839

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project https://www.openaccess.nl/en/you-share-we-take-care Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.

Keywords

  • Digital government
  • Distrust
  • Factors
  • Pandemics
  • Systematic literature review
  • Trust

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