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The Dynamics of Public Confidence in U.S. State and Local Government

The Dynamics of Public Confidence in U.S. State and Local Government While the dynamics of trust in the national government have been shown to be responsive to political events and governmental performance, less is known about why the publics trust in U.S. state and local government rises and falls over time. We examine the trends in confidence in subnational government using an aggregate level approach. First, we consider whether levels of trust are defined by reactions to the national government. Second, we consider how factors specific to subnational politics such as governmental performance and the quality of community life influence trust. Using measures of confidence in state and local government from 1968 to 2004 and a set of error correction models, we find evidence for both accounts. Confidence in subnational governments reflects national trends such as economic tides and public preferences for more or less government, but also exhibits unique dynamics explained by factors specific to subnational politics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png State Politics & Policy Quarterly SAGE

The Dynamics of Public Confidence in U.S. State and Local Government

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2010 State Politics and Policy Organized Section of the American Political Science Association
ISSN
1532-4400
eISSN
1946-1607
DOI
10.1177/153244001001000407
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Abstract

While the dynamics of trust in the national government have been shown to be responsive to political events and governmental performance, less is known about why the publics trust in U.S. state and local government rises and falls over time. We examine the trends in confidence in subnational government using an aggregate level approach. First, we consider whether levels of trust are defined by reactions to the national government. Second, we consider how factors specific to subnational politics such as governmental performance and the quality of community life influence trust. Using measures of confidence in state and local government from 1968 to 2004 and a set of error correction models, we find evidence for both accounts. Confidence in subnational governments reflects national trends such as economic tides and public preferences for more or less government, but also exhibits unique dynamics explained by factors specific to subnational politics.

Journal

State Politics & Policy QuarterlySAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2010

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