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Isabel Taylor

Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences



Isabel Taylor is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham where she is affiliated with the Centre for British Politics and the Methods and Data Institute. Her dissertation research focuses on the significance of political trust, and the effect this has on policy outputs and the day-to-day business of politics in Britain. Her research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and a collaborative studentship with the Committee on Standards in Public Life. She holds a BA in European Social and Political Studies from University College, London and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University (USA).

Research Summary

Thesis title: The Impact of Political Trust in Britain


In recent years, the question of citizens' trust in political actors, institutions and processes has gained more prominence on the public agenda as politicians, citizens and the media discuss a so called 'crisis in trust'. However, while measured levels of trust have been in decline, little is known about what - if any - consequences this has for political life in the UK. My research project therefore aims to establish why and how political trust became a more prominent issue in British political life and what, if any, tangible consequences such a measured decline has on the day-to-day business of politics in the UK.

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