Citizens’ trust in institutions is low. Public opinion research shows that citizens trust legal, executive, and court institutions the least, the trust in political parties being the lowest. Trust in institutions is closely related to the perception of institutions themselves, as well as the extent to they perform their roles according to the law, in an unbiased manner, and efficiently.

Research has shown that reasons for the lack of modern, rational, unbiased, and objective institutions lie in practices such as political clientelism and party patronage, which are deeply rooted in our society.

Suggestions which reveal what the civil society can do in order to advance the work of institutions and repress the practices of clientelism and patronage, are given within the Citizens’ Network for Peace, Reconciliation, and Human Security.