Government Transparency and Perceived Social Equity: Assessing the Moderating Effect of Citizen Trust in China
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Transparency, trust, and equity are all considered critical components of good governance. However, few studies have looked into the possible impacts of transparency and trust on public perceptions of social equity. This study empirically examines the relationship between government transparency and perceived public service equity, and the moderating effect of citizen trust on that relationship. Using large sample citizen survey data from 36 major cities in China, we find that government transparency is positively related to perceived social equity. The results also reveal that citizen trust plays a moderating role in the relationship between transparency and perceived social equity.
Administration and Society
© 2017 The Author(s) (SAGE Publications). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication Administration and Society, The Author(s) (SAGE Publications). It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0095399716685799].