Trust in European Democracies – TRUEDEM

Project acronym: TRUEDEM
KKNU structure involved: School of Sociology
Project coordinator: Iryna Kuzina
Project Web page: (under development)
EU Program: Horizon Europe
Project reference: № 101095237
Duration: January 2023 January 2026
Coordinator: Institute for Comparative Survey Research, Austria
Budget: total — 2 977 274 €, KKNU — 94 125 €


Political trust has long been regarded as an important element of regime support and factor of regime stability; it is widely associated with a number of positive outcomes in representative democracies. Political trust drives citizens’ interest and engagement in politics, increases voting turnout and makes law-abiding behavior more common. Political trust is frequently equated to diffuse regime support and thus linked to the effective functioning and stability of the political system. The proposed research effort will monitor the structural (long-term) drivers of political trust but also emphasize the strategies which can be employed by diverse actors and agencies to strengthen accurate and informed judgments of agency trustworthiness.


Institute for Comparative Survey Research, Austria
Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic
Sciences Po Institute of Political Science in cooperation with the French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany
University of the Peloponnese, Greece
University of Salerno, Italy
University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
University of Bucharest, Romania
Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bikupan Values Research Institute, Sweden
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

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