Gain a multi-disciplinary understanding of trust in and between societal actors in multi-level public governance
Master the ins and outs of trust and public governance from a multi-level perspective, while considering the context of grand societal challenges. Drawing on high-level scientific expertise from multiple disciplines (incl. political science, communication science, law, behavioural economics and public administration), you gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics, causes and effects of trust in and between societal actors in multi-level public governance for societal transitions.
Target group: PhD, Postdoc, Professionals
The GOVTRUST Summer School focuses on trust and public governance for societal transitions and explores these issues from a multi-level governance perspective. Creating and maintaining trust in public governance is essential for a well-functioning society, especially when trust is more than ever under pressure in the face of grand societal challenges. Such grand societal challenges - e.g. climate change, digitalisation or global pandemics - emphasise the complexity of contemporary governance, as they require collaborative efforts from public, private and non-profit actors as well as individual citizens in multi-layered decision-making arenas. For such complex governance systems to perform well, trust is a fundamental condition. While a certain degree of distrust between societal actors might be functional in specific instances, the recurring reports of breakdowns in trust point to significant problems for society. When trust evaporates, cooperation between citizens, private and non-profit organisations, and public actors is compromised, making effective governance of societal transitions very hard to achieve. Therefore, governments and societal actors increasingly seek ways to foster trust. Drawing on high-level scientific expertise from multiple disciplines (incl. political science, communication science, law, behavioural economics and public administration), the GOVTRUST Summer School investigates a wide range of critical questions about the dynamics, causes and effects of trust and public governance from a multi-level perspective. Through a combination of (guest) lectures, discussions and workshops, participants will be stimulated to think across disciplinary boundaries, interact with each other and engage with speakers from academic and professional backgrounds.
The GOVTRUST Summer School is co-funded by the European Union through the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence STRATEGO.
Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The certificate of completion is also issued as a micro-credential.
Credits will be awarded on the base of completion of the following work:
- General and topical readings
- Watching short introductory videos related to the lectures
- Prepare and submit a one-page note on their expertise, how this relates to the GOVTRUST Summer School topic, and key questions they encounter related to the topic
- Prepare and submit a full paper (draft) in relation to a topic covered in the GOVTRUST Summer School; papers can be conceptual, theoretical or empirical in nature
On campus programme
- Five days, including (guest) lectures, seminars, and interactive workshops
- Interactive group sessions with a focus on peer feedback
- 100% (active) participation is required