Seems interesting but the article doesn't seem to mention how the trust was measured and how large the improvement was?

In another experiment, 49 Indonesian villages were randomly assigned to use development funds through either representative-based meetings or directly democratic participatory budgeting. The difference in satisfaction was dramatic, although the way the funds were spent was similar.

@LeoSammallahti i agree, the trust level seems to be based on subjective statements of the participants. the cited newspaper sources did not give any details about the evaluation method, let's wait for further media coverage :-) thanks for the link to the indonesian experiment

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