The importance of trust and transparency in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence from sixteen EU member states

Dionysios Stivas, Alistair Cole*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Union’s (EU) member states operationalized different methods to control the virus. By April 2022, the EU countries recorded considerably different COVID-19 related deaths. In this study, we investigate whether trust in government and in the medical staff, COVID-19 related transparency, and different mixes of these two, influenced the capacity of sixteen EU countries to manage the pandemic. To substantiate our inquiry, we utilize a modified version of the Trust-Transparency Matrix. Our study suggests that trust and transparency, in the context of the pandemic, operate as contextual variables of effective public management. The value of the trust-transparency framework is to elucidate general governance dynamics and to identify those that are the most pertinent in terms of the response to the pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Mar 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • European union
  • Trust
  • pandemic
  • transparency

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