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Sources of local political trust in rural China


Dong, Lisheng; Kübler, Daniel (2018). Sources of local political trust in rural China. Journal of Contemporary China, 27(110):193-207.

Abstract

Based on a questionnaire survey in five counties of Ya’an Municipality in south-western China, the study reveals a fairly high level of political trust among citizens. The study also confirms the disparate trust in different levels of government known from other studies, i.e. that political trust in the central government is higher than political trust in local governments. The contribution of this research is a fine-grained investigation into the sources of local political trust in the municipality under scrutiny. More precisely, the analysis shows that political trust in local governments is associated with both cultural factors and perceptions of the quality of local government. Particularly, political trust in local governments is strongly influenced by the perception that these governments perform well, are responsive to citizens’ needs, and are free from corruption.

Abstract

Based on a questionnaire survey in five counties of Ya’an Municipality in south-western China, the study reveals a fairly high level of political trust among citizens. The study also confirms the disparate trust in different levels of government known from other studies, i.e. that political trust in the central government is higher than political trust in local governments. The contribution of this research is a fine-grained investigation into the sources of local political trust in the municipality under scrutiny. More precisely, the analysis shows that political trust in local governments is associated with both cultural factors and perceptions of the quality of local government. Particularly, political trust in local governments is strongly influenced by the perception that these governments perform well, are responsive to citizens’ needs, and are free from corruption.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > Political Science and International Relations
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:24 Apr 2018 10:47
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 07:11
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1469-9400
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2018.1389012

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