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Trust. American social scientists tell us we are short on it these days—we just don’t trust anyone. Is this decline in generalized social trust due to our more diverse society, as some have suggested, or is it due to other things? If we have indeed lost trust in our neighbors, and even our government, than what are the civic consequences?

SPEA professor Sheila Suess Kennedy argues in this edition of SPEA Insights that restoring trust in government is the first step to restoration of generalized social trust. But, how do we take that first step?

Trust Me, Said the Spider, July 2010 (pdf)

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