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«Public Administration Issues» Journal,

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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Natalia Dmitrieva 1, Evgeny Styrin 1, Nikolay Lavrentyev 1, Ruslan Artamonov 1
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

LINKING DISTRUST OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR TO AWARENESS OF COVID-19: THE COVID DISSIDENCE PHENOMENON

2021. No. 6. P. 24–48 [issue contents]
In this study, we analyze the correlation between trust in government and official information with individual compliance to recommended measures, and between attitudes to government measures and people's behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic. We identified a group of respondents who refused categorically to believe in the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia – COVID-19 dissidents. They not only deny the pandemic but also refuse to comply with pandemic rules and restrictions. Then, based on seven national samples covering a combined total of 40,700 people in all regions of Russia, we established a link between the level of distrust of the public sector and the level of COVID-19 dissidence by means of linear regression.
We proved that COVID-19 dissidents don’t trust official statistics and  believe in low infection risks. They provide low evaluation of the medical aid quality which leads to underestimation of the risk of being infected and COVID-19 compliance rules. We recommend governments consider restoring citizens’ trust as one of the priorities in fighting the pandemic, alongside battling misinformation that feeds conspiracy beliefs. The level of public trust in government decisions is a critical factor that speeds up mass vaccinations and contributes to a quick exit from the pandemic crisis.


Citation:

Dmitrieva, N., Styrin, E., Lavrentyev, N. and Artamonov, R. (2021) ‘Linking distrust of the public sector to awareness of COVID-19: The COVID dissidence phenomenon’, Public Administration Issues, 6 (Special Issue II, electronic edition), pp. (in English). DOI: 10.17323/1999-5431-2021-0-6-24-48

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