What does rising distrust and polarization mean for the functioning of society? What happens to nonpolitical institutions when a loss of trust and partisan divide hamper their abilities to meet common challenges and solve shared problems? The current issue of Dædalus, a respected journal on civic life published by American Academy of Arts & Sciences, examines what institutions do and why trust matters for their success. Boston College J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Lehman Schlozman and Henry E. Brady of the University of California-Berkeley served as guest editors for this issue of the journal, which is devoted to “Institutions, Experts & the Loss of Trust.” Schlozman will be among the featured speakers at a virtual event on January 18 titled “Distrust, Political Polarization, and America’s Challenged Institutions,” which will explore the causes and consequences of the loss of confidence in institutions and the people who lead them. The event is open to the public, but registration is required.
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