Why is there less public trust in local government than in central government in China?

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The public’s trust in government, whether at national, regional, or local levels, is always a subject that arouses interest and debate among researchers as well as politicians. This article presents findings from an analysis of survey research conducted in 2011 and provides insights both on a hierarchical trust pattern of public trust in central and local governments in China, and on the key factors accounting for variance in this respect by multiple regression analysis.


Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Early online date3 Nov 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Nov 2015