Articles by Ben Seyd

April 27, 2022

Coronavirus restrictions: fear is no substitute for trust

Ben Seyd
Can policymakers expect people to comply with official health restrictions out of fear rather than because they trust the government? Ben Seyd suggests the answer is no. Governments still need trust to motivate citizens to comply with important collective rules.
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Ben Seyd
Senior Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Ben teaches in the fields of public opinion and political behaviour.

His research focuses on political trust, democratic attitudes and electoral behaviour.

He is currently writing a book about political trust, and has just completed leading a research project (funded by the British Academy) on people's trust in different sources of information about Covid-19.

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