Distrust in Government as a Political Weapon

Amy Fried, University of Maine

During elections and policy fights, U.S. politicians have always questioned government. But in recent decades, conservatives and many Republicans have pursued a concerted strategy to deepen public distrust. This undermines American democracy and weakens government capacities to tackle pressing challenges.

Read Fried's brief here.

Learn more about Amy Fried and her research on public opinion and polling, elections, and voting rights; and see the range of her involvements in civic life. For the Bangor Daily News, Fried writes a biweekly column and maintains the pollways.com blog to share reflections and analyses about current political events,

Fried is the Co-Director (along with Luisa Deprez) of the Maine SSN regional network, and she has been extraordinarily active in the network's outreach to scholars, civic leaders, journalists, and policymakers across the vast Pine Tree state.

Fried and Deprez orchestrate a regular series of OpEds by SSN members appearing every two weeks in the Bangor Daily News. See the full list of previously published Maine SSN OpEds here.

Recently, the Maine Policy Review published an article about the Scholars Strategy Network, discussing its goals and activities both nationally and in the state of Maine.

April 2013