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Poster
PS27P-08-211

Explicit and Implicit Legitimacy in China

[Speaker] Yang, Linchuan:1
[Co-author] Jiang, Hai:1, Hu, Wei:1, Ma, Hongyu:1
1:Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

Previous studies has focused on the rational and deliberate aspects of perceived legitimacy and demonstrated that there is a difference between legitimacy of central government and local administration in China. We examined the reflexive or automatic aspects of perceived legitimacy and the relationship between legitimacy and social media use. A pilot study developed and validated an Implicit Association Test of implicit legitimacy. Then we investigated participants' social media use and perceived legitimacy of central government and local administration in China by using explicit and implicit measures. The results showed that both explicit and implicit legitimacy of the central government were higher than legitimacy of the local administration, and the frequency of online political discussion on social media had a negative correlation with explicit legitimacy of central government and local administration. However, when the frequency was higher, the difference between the implicit legitimacy of central government and local administration was greater.
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