Institutional Networks and Trust in the Interaction between Local Government and Non-governmental

Jurga Bučaitė, Indrė Ambotaitė-Mazeliauskienė


The article proposes the analysis of institutional interaction between local government and nongovernmental organizations. The overview of different theoretical positions including institutional network analysis and trust concepts allow us creates a theoretical background for further institutional interaction analysis. Exceptional attention is given to the sociological concept of trust and its functions, the creation of trust culture in different political systems, especially in democracy. The implementation of project funding mechanism on local government level is analyzed using methods of empirical survey. The data reveals following problems of institutional interaction between local government and civic sector: lack of civic standpoint, hierarchical non-flexibility, non-objectivity, individualization, inability of non-governmental sector to represent their collective interests, the problems of leadership. The proper understanding of institutional interaction mechanism on the public policy level is important for the non-government organizations’ leaders as well as for local government representatives.


institutional networks; the culture of trust; nongovernmental organizations; social capital; public good; local government

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603