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In most countries, impartial institutions are trusted the most. Impartiality requires treating all parties fairly and equally. Thus, offices of public administration, the courts, and (sometimes) the police tend to be more trusted than political parties or legislatures that are typically dominated by one party at any given moment.[i] When an institution becomes politicized, then it will attract less trust or even distrust.
[i] Newton, Stolle, and Zmerli (2018), pp. 46.
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