Social Networks, Interpersonal Trust, and Support for Democracy in East Asia

Ching-Hsing Wang
2015 International Journal of Social Science Studies  
Civil society has been regard as a prerequisite for democracy, and social networks and interpersonal trust are two important elements of civil society. By using data from the Asian Barometer Survey, this study investigates the effects of social networks and interpersonal trust on public support for democracy in three East Asian democracies -Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The results of statistical analysis show that social networks, rather than interpersonal trust, exert significant positive
more » ... nificant positive effects on public support for democracy in Japan and Taiwan. By contrast, it is interpersonal trust to affect public support for democracy in South Korea. Nonetheless, it should also be noted that trust in political institutions, democratic values, and education far outweigh social networks and interpersonal trust to impact public support for democracy in these East Asian democracies.
doi:10.11114/ijsss.v3i2.650 fatcat:hg43scgxxne67amnxnr4hzdq6q