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Media use, political trust and attitude toward direct democracy: empirical evidence from Taiwan

Wen-Chun Chang (Public Finance, National Taipei University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 27 September 2021

Issue publication date: 18 July 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study examines the roles of the Internet and other types of media use in explaining the support for direct democracy and further investigates the mediation of political trust in the relationship between media use and the attitude toward direct democracy.

Design/methodology/approach

Using data drawn from Taiwan Social Change Survey 2014 and the approach of structural equation model framework, this study identifies the indirect effects of the Internet and other types of media use on the attitude toward referendums.

Findings

The results of this study show that the frustration resulting from the process of representative politics dominated by political elites is associated with the support for direct democracy as an effective alternative to generate political influences in the formation of public policies.

Originality/value

The advances in the Internet and information technology have expanded the possible platforms of obtaining political information and enabled people to rapidly access political information at lower costs. It is expected that Internet use has altered the relationships among citizens, political parties and the government, potentially influencing citizens' political trust and their attitude toward direct democracy.

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Citation

Chang, W.-C. (2022), "Media use, political trust and attitude toward direct democracy: empirical evidence from Taiwan", Online Information Review, Vol. 46 No. 4, pp. 733-753. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-09-2019-0290

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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