Public Goods and Political Trust in the East Asian Mega-Cities: An Empirical Study on Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo
- As the foundation of government legitimacy and policy effectiveness, political trust mediates the relationship between the government and society and plays an important role in urban governance. Based on survey data from the three most influential cities in the East Asian region, namely Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo, the paper examines how the provision of public goods affects political trust. We make a distinction between infrastructural goods and social justice goods and find out that (1) public goods provision has a significant effect on political trust; (2) as compared to infrastructural goods, social justice goods plays a more significant role in contributing to political trust. This suggests that government should provide more social justice goods for enhancing political trust in these mega-cities.
RESEARCH PAPERS, No.5, pp.25-39