Citizen Participation, Trust in Local Governments, and the Dynamics In-between: A Quantitative Analysis

Yu Noda


What are the main factors that determine citizens’ trust in local governments? The present research draws its hypothesis from the various factors that influence citizen confidence in Japanese local governments. The analysis reveals significant and exigent results, and suggests that the attitudes of public servants, quality of public services, and citizen interest and trust in national government are influential factors that can lead to the improvement of trust in local governments. More importantly, this research posits that although civic engagement does not promote trust, trust does stimulate civic engagement, that is, while trust produces security, the latter does not produce trust.


local government, citizen confidence, citizen interest, public service, public trust, civil engagement

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