Is declining trust in government and in other citizens bad for democracy? Bringing together social science and political theory, this book analyzes the relationship between democracy and trust. Trust can develop where interests converge, but in politics interests conflict. Democracy includes a healthy distrust of the interests of the powerful, and institutionalizes it by providing opportunities for citizens to oversee them. Yet democratic institutions depend on a trust among citizens sufficient for representation, resistance, and alternative forms of governance. Leading scholars explore this paradoxical relationship.
"...absorbing and important book. ...offers excellent reading and many suggestions for future research for anyone interested in social philosophy or democratic theory." Philosophy in Review "...Mark Warren provides an effective framework for the diverse set of contributions that comprise the volume and develops a typoogy of theories of trust and democracy... the volume makes a valuabe contribution to the study of trust and democracy. Virginia A Chanley, Political Theory