The subject is all the more important in the new Central and Eastern European democracies: first, the institutional context of contries in transition is not stable, but rather in a continuous and complex transformation, with the purpose of developing a set of institutions that will fit the society´s characteristics. Secondly, the communist past proves to be extremely unfavorable to institutional trust: forty years of communism left as heritage a culture of mistrust in the state and its institutions, which has been based on the pre-war culture. All these reasons justify any attempt to understand the mechanism of institutional trust. [pag 116]