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    Review of 'Reflections on Trust and Covid 19: Do Politics, Medicine and the Environment need each other?'

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    Reflections on Trust and Covid 19: Do Politics, Medicine and the Environment need each other?

     Alistair Cole (corresponding) ,  Frédéric Dutheil,  Julien Baker (2020)
    The short article is centered on how trust can be a valuable resource for developing cognate responses to the Covid 19 pandemic in the medical and social sciences. Politics and Medicine can learn from each other. Governments need to persuade individuals to adapt their behaviors, and such persuasion will be all the more convincing in that it is nested in social networks. Trust in government requires consistent (benevolent, performative and joined-up) explanations. The distinction between hard medical and soft social science blurs when patients/citizens are required to be active participants in combatting a pandemic virus.
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      10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-SOCSCI.AXC88X.v1.RXTBXB

      This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com.

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      It is to state the obvious to say that this piece is extremely timely. The topic of the article is of central importance to trying to think critically about how best to arrange technocratic responses to challenges like COVID19 (and also, future challenges that will emerge out of climate change). To my mind, this is an area which is under-researched and I think the authors here are doing a good job in getting the ball rolling on this - it is also a great strength that this collaboration is interdisciplinary as well.

      The trust aspect the authors examine is interesting and the authors do a very good job of bringing in ideas from the extant literature. It is easy to follow and gives much food for thought throughout. Of course, this is not that substantive or rigorous a paper, but for the time, this is an appropriate (and likely will be well-received) piece. 

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