The social contract and the role of universal social security in building trust in government

This paper argues that the best and easiest means of building trust in government is through investing in universal social security. A high-quality universal social security scheme – such as a child, old age or disability benefit – could be established in a very short period of time and would be a very visible means of governments demonstrating to their citizens that their taxes are being used well and that the government cares for them, thereby generating trust.