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Portrait Jan Mewes. Photo.

Jan Mewes

Associate professor

Portrait Jan Mewes. Photo.

Chinese Citizen Satisfaction with Government Performance during COVID-19

Author

  • Cary Wu
  • Zilei Shi
  • Rima Wilkes
  • Jiaji Wu
  • Zhiwen Gong
  • Nengkun He
  • Zang Xiao
  • Xiaojun Zhang
  • Weijun Lai
  • Dongxia Zhou
  • Feng Zhao
  • Xiufang Yin
  • Ping Xiong
  • Hao Zhou
  • Qinghua Chu
  • Libin Cao
  • Ruijing Tian
  • Yu Tan
  • Liyong Yang
  • Zexuan He
  • Malcolm Fairbrother
  • Jan Mewes
  • Giuseppe N Giordano

Summary, in English

While foreign pundits have alternatively blamed and praised the Chinese government’s handling of the COVID-19 virus, little is known about how citizens within China understand this performance. This article considers how satisfied Chinese citizens are with their government’s performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. It first considers the impact of authoritarian control, political culture, and/or actual government performance on citizen satisfaction. Then, it tests the consequences of satisfaction and specifically whether citizen satisfaction leads to greater trust. Analyzing data from the first post-COVID survey of its kind (n = 19,816) conducted from April 22 to 28 April 2020, the authors find that Chinese citizens have an overall high level of satisfaction, but that this satisfaction drops with each lower level of government. Further, authoritarian control, political culture, and awareness of government performance all contribute to citizen satisfaction and this in turn, has enhanced public support for the Chinese government.

Department/s

  • Sociology
  • Department of Sociology
  • Centre for Economic Demography
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • EXODIAB: Excellence of Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health

Publishing year

2021

Language

English

Pages

930-944

Publication/Series

Journal of Contemporary China

Volume

30

Issue

132

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Routledge

Topic

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Public Administration Studies

Status

Published

Research group

  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1067-0564