Does trust in Government still matter in constitutional law?

This communication will analyze the rules framing trust in Government in Belgian constitutional law. First, it will demonstrate that the concept of trust in constitutional law has never ceased to be ambiguous. Second, it will demonstrate that Belgian constitutional law does not reflect a great concern for trust in Government. Belgian law does not provide for incentive for political actors to move beyond situations where the State is governed without confidence of Parliament: the rationalization of parliamentarism did not clarify or formalize the requirements of confidence while the evolutions of the “current affairs” theory allow resigning government to take ever more important decisions (budget, revision of the Constitution). Third, it will analyze the evolutions of the rules regarding parliamentary control of the Executive, their articulations with political responsibility and trust in Government.