Public Attitudes towards Standards and the Role of Rule Design: Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Committee on Standards (COC0001)
Politicians and the government have traditionally been viewed with suspicion by members of the public. Moreover, many members of the public believe that standards of conduct by those in public life are poor. However, somewhat hostile perceptions of those in public life are the norm historically and so the current ‘problem’ must be understood in that context; fears of a terminal decline in positive perceptions of politicians are largely unfounded. Nonetheless, it is important to address negative perceptions because an absence of trust and poor perceptions of standards have been associated with a reluctance by citizens to engage with the governing process, as well as a reluctance to freely pay taxes.
Citation : Rose, J. (2016) Public Attitudes towards Standards and the Role of Rule Design: Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Committee on Standards (COC0001). London: House of Commons
Research Institute : Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)
Peer Reviewed : No