2005b mishler et al 1997 in our experimental work we

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Unformatted text preview: es an inquisitive tone in population response that fosters creativity, improvement, and true democracy (Cook et al., 2005b; Mishler et al., 1997). In our experimental work, we found a group of individuals who expressed that their base level of confidence will not be changed by the occurrence of critical events. These individuals, whom we call skeptics, present a flat line when their base confidence level is graphed as a function of the time horizon of interest (see figure 8). Individuals who fall in this category, when interviewed, expressed that although they truly believe that the government will do the right thing, they also believe that the results likely to be achieved are uncertain because of protecting a country against terrorist attacks is an enterprise of such high complexity. In this sense, they explain, their expectation is that sometimes the government will succeed, but not always; therefore, when something wrong happens, it will be well within their expectations and it will not change their basic level of confidence in the government. Although an invariant baseline does not necessarily represent a low level of confidence, it certainly does not reflect high levels of confidence in the government, which has led us to locate this group in the high-trust/low-confidence quadrant. The public’s assessment of the government’s trustworthiness will determine, at least in part, the public’s judgment of the situation, and, consequently, it will influence public’s action. The 17 public’s action, in turn, as shown in Figure 7, affects the way in which outcomes are produced and plays a critical role in the feedback mechanisms that link outcomes, expectations, and trust formation. In this sense, our model allows us to identify a feedback mechanism with the potential to explain trust and trustworthiness dynamics under a wide set of combinations of confidence and trust in a given population. Although the unilateral-trust-in-government model proposes a much richer fabric of interacting constructs than its predecessors, we determined, after continued analysis, that an important element present in the government-public interaction equation still needed to be charact...
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