Published: January 2017
Author(s): Alistair Cole, Romain Pasquier, Ian Stafford

The issues of Trust and transparency lay at the heart of contemporary debates regarding governance and democracy. Measures of trust and transparency (in the national leadership, in the conduct of professional politicians, in diffuse affect for the political regime) have been generally been applied to the national or EU levels. The paper is drawn from a larger project (funded by the ESRC and the ANR) that captures processes of trust and transparency in multi-level governance by comparing regional- and city level dynamics in six regions in three EU states (Germany, France, UK).