Citizens' Use of the Internet and Public Service Delivery : A Longitudinal Study of the First-Level Administrative Divisions in China (1997-2014)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-42
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age
Volume5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

Abstract

This article examines citizens' use of the Internet as a popular feedback mechanism, and argues that it can help improve institutional performance. Specifically, it assesses the relationship between Internet penetration rate and public service delivery across 31 first-level administrative divisions in People's Republic of China from 1997 to 2014. A hierarchical linear modelling was conducted using secondary data released by the National Bureau of Statistics and the China Internet Network Information Centre. The result shows a positive relationship between Internet penetration rate and public service delivery when controlling for GDP per capita and education level. The positive relationship increases over time in general. The implications of Internet use for performance-based legitimacy and its impact on political change (or stability) in the authoritarian context are further discussed.

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Citizens' Use of the Internet and Public Service Delivery : A Longitudinal Study of the First-Level Administrative Divisions in China (1997-2014). / Zhu, Qinfeng; Skoric, Marko M.; Peng, Tai-Quan.

In: International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, Vol. 5, No. 3, 07.2018, p. 32-42.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal