Political Trust and Petitioning in the Chinese Countryside

Comparative Politics, Vol. 40, No. 2, January 2008

18 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2008

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Lianjiang Li

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science

Date Written: January 10, 2008

Abstract

The paper examines the significance of distinguishing trust in government's commitment from trust in its competence for understanding the relationship between political trust and political participation. It finds that Chinese farmers have more trust in the central government's commitment to protect their rights and interests than in its capacity to do so. Trust in the Center's competence carries more weight than trust in its commitment in accounting for the propensity to petition. Petitioning tends to weaken trust the Center's capacity as well as trust in its commitment. Distrust of the Center's commitment enhances propensity to engage in more assertive forms of political participation.

Suggested Citation

Li, Lianjiang, Political Trust and Petitioning in the Chinese Countryside (January 10, 2008). Comparative Politics, Vol. 40, No. 2, January 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1157835

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