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Corruption and government trust: a survey of urban and rural inhabitants in the north and northeast of Thailand

Comparative Governance Reform in Asia: Democracy, Corruption, and Government Trust

ISBN: 978-1-84663-996-8, eISBN: 978-1-84663-997-5

ISSN: 0732-1317

Publication date: 4 August 2008

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to investigate citizen attitudes toward control of corruption, their trust in government, and the relationship between trust and corruption in order to determine whether these factors are conducive to governance reform. The sample consists of 3,600 respondents surveyed in late 2005–early 2006 in the north and northeast regions of Thailand. The findings indicate that almost three-quarters of the respondents said that petty and routine corruption was unacceptable; only one-third said they trusted or somewhat trusted public officials. Trust and control of corruption attitudes are positively, although weakly, correlated. The findings suggest that citizen attitudes toward corruption and their levels of trust in government are not antithetical to the notion of good governance. The data reveal considerable variation, however. Using partial correlation analysis, education and urban–rural distinctions are identified as key: persons with higher educational attainment and urban inhabitants are more likely to state that petty and routine corruption is unacceptable, and they are less likely to trust public officials, than persons with less education or persons living in rural areas. Gender and age have surprisingly little effect.

Citation

Punyaratabandhu, S. (2008), "Corruption and government trust: a survey of urban and rural inhabitants in the north and northeast of Thailand", Bowornwathana, B. and Wescott, C. (Ed.) Comparative Governance Reform in Asia: Democracy, Corruption, and Government Trust (Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 179-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0732-1317(08)17010-5

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