Critical Citizenship and Declining Political Trust in China
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AbstractEarlier studies find that the Chinese government, especially the central government, enjoys a perplexingly high level of political trust when compared with democratic and other authoritarian regimes. However, by tracing a series of surveys over years, this study finds that the Chinese central government is experiencing a significant decline in the trust it receives from the citizens in recent years. We suggest the rise of quasi critical citizens, defined as citizens who are critical about the quality of governance but remain loyal to the Communist Party-state, as an explanation for the draining of political trust in China. As our data analysis shows, people who are critical about the central government’s performance in policy areas such as food and drug safety, income inequality and rural-urban divide are significantly less trusting than those uncritical. Chronologically, it is the growth of quasi critical citizens that led to the decline of political trust in the past decade. Therefore, we argue that with the emergence of critical citizenship after decades of socioeconomic modernization, it is time to revisit the foundation of regime legitimacy and support in China.
All Author(s) ListPei Zhong, Jing Vivian Zhan
Name of ConferenceA ’New Era’ for China? Trends and Challenges on Domestic and International Fronts
Start Date of Conference23/03/2018
End Date of Conference24/03/2018
Place of ConferenceSuzhou
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
LanguagesEnglish-United States
Keywordspolitical trust, quasi critical citizens, governance, China

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