Paper on Covid-19 and political trust accepted at EJPR

My recent paper on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on political trust has now been accepted at the European Journal of Political Research. I argue that anxiety in the face of rising Covid-19 has pushed standard cognitive evaluations of the political regime to the background, leading to a rally around the flag effect. Using Dutch survey data from March/April 2020, I show that rising trust is explained by increasing Covid-19 incidents. The specific lockdown measures, in contrast, have had no direct causal effect on political trust. These findings raise interesting questions for future research on the role of emotions for political trust formation in a crisis. The pre-print is available here.