What is the significance of distinguishing trust in government's commitment from trust in its competence in understanding the relationship between political trust and political participation? 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 in the center's capacity as well as trust in its commitment. Distrust in the center's commitment enhances the propensity to engage in more assertive forms of political participation.
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2008|