The bases of political trust in six Asian societies: Institutional and cultural explanations compared

Timothy Ka ying Wong, Po san Wan, Hsin Huang Michael Hsiao

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Abstract

Political trust reflects people's evaluative orientation toward the polity and is thus vital to regime stability. Based on data drawn from a cross-national social survey, this article examines the level of political trust in six Asian societies and the possible effects of a series of institutional and cultural factors on political trust. It finds that institutional factors, particularly the economic and political performance of government, are powerful determinants of political trust, whereas the effects of such cultural factors as post-materialism, traditionalism, and authoritarianism are either insignificant or weak. The superiority of the institutional approach over the cultural approach is reconfirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-281
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • cultural orientation
  • East Asian societies
  • policy performance
  • political support
  • political trust

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