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
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

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