Pasitikėjimo vietos savivaldos institucijomis veiksnių raiška: Šiaulių rajono savivaldybės atvejis
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Relationship between government and society changes, what implicates political trust. Governing institutions are forced to find new ways of making and implementing decisions and to pursuit citizens trust in their efficiency, transparency etc. The scientific literature suggests term of political trust to explain expectations which citizens experienced in relationship with governing institutions. Internal and external factors, such as the economic situation of a territory, the performance of institutions, social capital, the composition of government, the media, and so on has various influence on political confidence of citizens. It can be also analyzed at three levels: micro, meso and macro. The same factors work at each level, but their significance may vary. Micro-level emerges when public confidence influences governmental institutions performance when provide public services and should take into account their perceptions and expectations. At the mezo level, public policy-making and implementation can depend on citizens' trust when municipal authorities operating in specific public policy sub-systems, such as health, education etc. The macro level includes the highest, general level of trust in public authorities, which may even be limited by some structural reforms or various systemic changes. In the theoretical part, general factors are revealed, whereas empirical research is focused on the mezo level. The aim of this study is to reveal the factors that determine confidence in local self-government institutions by choosing Siauliai district municipality as the case. Survey help to identify the prevailing factors of political confidence.
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