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Can Ethical Political Leadership Restore Public Trust in Political Leaders?

N. A. Mozumder ()
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N. A. Mozumder: University of Bristol

Public Organization Review, 2022, vol. 22, issue 3, No 18, 835 pages

Abstract: Abstract This article presents findings from a qualitative study (via in-depth interviews with 121 local political leaders from 65 local authorities in the UK) that aims to understand how ethical leadership practices can restore public trust in political leaders. The study finds that being a moral person, an ethical political leader sets good examples of behaviour, sets the tone at the top and challenges those who do not behave ethically, as well as encourages, supports and rewards those who perform and conduct themselves well. As a result, the level of public trust in political leaders is likely to increase gradually.

Keywords: Ethical political leadership; Local government; Trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11115-021-00536-2

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