Exploring the Relationship between Trust in Government and Citizen Participation

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Theories of deliberative and stealth democracy offer different predictions on the relationship between trust in government and citizen participation. To help resolve the contradictory predictions, this study used the World Values Survey to examine the influence of trust in government on citizen participation. Regression analyses yielded mixed results. As deliberative democracy theory predicts, the findings showed that people who trust governmental institutions are more likely to vote and sign a petition. However, the data provided limited support for stealth democracy in that trust in government negatively affects the frequency of attending a demonstration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-416
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 4 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


  • Citizen participation
  • deliberative democracy
  • stealth democracy
  • trust in government


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