Distrust in Government and Preference for Regime Change in China
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AbstractThe paper argues that distrust in government reflects a preference for regime change in authoritarian China. It shows that individuals who have stronger distrust in government also have a stronger preference for multiparty electoral competition which runs against the gist of one-party rule and would be a stepping stone toward representative democracy. The paper suggests that the relationship between specific trust in government and diffuse system support in an established democracy is fundamentally different from its variant in an authoritarian state. The target of distrust shifts from an electorally accountable government to a self-appointed one, while the target of support shifts from a system that protects freedom and rights to one that restricts them. The paper concludes that the buffer between distrust in government and preference for regime change is particularly thin and fragile in China, where the vices of authoritarianism are proven while the virtues of democracy look promising.
Acceptance Date06/04/2020
All Author(s) ListLianjiang Li
Journal namePolitical Studies
Volume Number69
Issue Number2
Pages326 - 343
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordstrust in government, system support, trust in commitment, support for democracy, China

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