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The Future of Government Disruptive Debate at the World Bank [online]

The fifth Future of Government Disruptive Debate hosted by the World Bank tackles the issue of citizens’ trust in government. Together with a diverse group of high-profile practitioners, renowned experts, and thought leaders, I discuss how the natural state of affairs is corruption and the challenges government face in getting citizens to trust higher levels of cooperation.

My opening remarks can be found from 7:12 to 14:07 in the recording above. A rough summary of my talk can be found on my substack: https://muthukrishnalab.substack.com/p/trust-governance-and-cultural-evolution

More about the event here: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2021/09/22/how-will-citizens-trust-in-government-be-affected


The fifth Future of Government Disruptive Debate will tackle the issue of citizens’ trust in government. The Disruptive Debate series aims is to bring together a diverse group of high-profile practitioners, renowned experts and thought leaders to generate new knowledge and perspectives.

The issue of trust has been a frequent theme arising during the Disruptive Debate series. The panel addressed questions such as: Why is trust important for poverty reduction and shared prosperity? What is the relationship between inequality and trust? What can governments do to increase, or re-build, trust? How can citizens influence and hold governments to account? What has been the role of information, data and social media, particularly during COVID-19?

The other speakers included:

My thanks to host Raj Kumar, founding president & editor in chief of Devex and to the World Bank team.

“Trusting and the Law” conference at the Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands

I gave a keynote presentation at the Lorentz Center conference on “Trusting and the Law“. This was my first legal conference. The audience included judges, lawyers, and legal scholars. I presented a talk on “Economic Psychology and the Science of Cultural Evolution”, where I discussed some of the “invisible cultural pillars” that uphold legal institutions. It was fascinating to discuss differences in the approach to “evidence” in science and the law.