A Civic Calling: The Municipal Leader’s Role in Rebuilding Trust in Government

A Civic Calling: The Municipal Leader’s Role in Rebuilding Trust in Government

Writing for the Massachusetts Municipal Advocate Magazine, Patrick Bresette explicates the causes of and solutions to the distrust in government so prevalent in our country.  “Negative views of government are indeed dominant, but these views are not as entrenched as many believe. There are concrete ways to engage the public in more pragmatic, civic-minded considerations of the public sector.” Bresette highlights two examples that demonstrate effective public engagement and encourages us to rebuild trust in our shared purposes, as challenging as it might seem. We must be “optimistic and aspirational in our defense of govern¬ment—to articulate what can be and should be, not only ‘what is not.’”