Title: Long Live the Social Justice: An Explanation for Increasing Political Trust in China
Stream: Sociology. Social Work and Social Concerns
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Yuanzhuo Wang, Zhejiang University, China
Previous research indicates that the modernization of China would result in decreasing political trust, as citizens would shift their focus from material interest to acquiring democracy. However, recent survey data shows that the political trust of China has ballooned up, though the political system remains the same. This article attributes this rise to social justice scholars previously neglected and develops a theoretical framework linking perceived justice to political trust in China's case. Utilizing the database of China Social Survey 2019 wave and regressions, this study finds that citizens who perceive China approaches justice are more likely to have political trust. Equal access to opportunities for public goods and protection of rights is of great concern. This result demonstrates that Chinese citizens are valuing social justice to determine whether a government is trustworthy and they still maintain a strong belonging to current socialist rule.
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