Student Research Paper
Date of Creation
East Asian Studies
This research stems from a fascination with the unique social media censorship efforts in China. In order to determine if such heavy social media restrictions are unique to China this study uses data from the World Values Survey to investigate the relationship between regime type and social media censorship. The paper then examines the relationship between government censorship effort and citizens’ trust in government. Ultimately, I find that while regime type is a predictor of censorship, censorship does not have a substantial effect on citizens’ confidence in government overall. However, the data does seem to suggest that censorship may be important to autocracies and that censorship may actually be effective in China.
This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
O'Neill, Avery K., "Regime Type, Censorship, and Trust in Government With a Special Look at China" (2023). Student Publications. 1074.
Written for POL 404: Capstone - Comparative Politics.