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Building Trust in Government: Innovations in Governance Reform in Asia


Edited by G. Shabbir Cheema and Vesselin Popovski

ISBN: 9789280811896
296 pages; paper; US$35.00
July 2010

Sample Chapter

The ability of governments and the global community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, ensure security, and promote adherence to basic standards of human rights depends on people’s trust in their government. However, public trust in government and political institutions has been declining in both developing and developed countries in the new millennium. One of the challenges in promoting trust in government is to engage citizens, especially the marginalized groups and the poor, into the policy process to ensure that governance is truly representative, participatory, and benefits all members of society. Where governance processes are exclusionary and basic services are not accessible, intrastate conflicts and violence within the country can negatively impact national and global security and peace. Weak systems and processes of governance tend to erode trust in government. Within this context, the issue of how to build trust in government and trust between socio-economic actors has emerged as an increasingly important issue in both developed and developing economies.

This book seeks to answer many of the questions raised in reference to means of strengthening trust in government within the Asia Pacific region. Through analyses of trends within North-East Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific Islands and specific innovations and reforms at the country level, the contributors have provided various perspectives on the causes of the decline in trust, countries and institutions that have managed to maintain higher degrees of confidence, and governance innovations and practices that have played an important role in strengthening trust once it has faltered.

G. Shabbir Cheema is Director, Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative (AGDI) and Senior Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Vesselin Popovski is Senior Academic Programme Officer and Head of Section for Peace and Security in the Institute for Sustainability and Peace at the United Nations University, Tokyo.

Table of contents

  • Building trust in government: An introduction, G. Shabbir Cheema
  • Building trust in government: Linking theory with practice, Peride K. Blind
  • Building trust in government in Northeast Asia, Pan Suk Kim
  • Building trust in government in Southeast Asia, Ledivina V. Cariño
  • Building trust in government in South Asia, Sajjad Naseer
  • Trust in government in the Pacific Islands, Meredith Rowen and Gerard A. Finin
  • Trust in government: Evidence from China, Teresa Wright
  • Building trust in government in the Republic of Korea: The case of the National Tax Service reforms, Byong Seob Kim
  • Promoting trust in government: The case of Indonesia, Prijono Tjiptoherijanto and Meredith Rowen
  • Building trust in government in Timor-Leste: The roles and strategies of United Nations missions, Sukehiro Hasegawa
  • Conclusion: Trust is a must in government, Vesselin Popovski