A Comparative Study of Rural and Urban Residents’ Trust in Police in Taiwan

Shun-Yung Kevin Wang, Ivan Y. Sun
  • International Criminal Justice Review, March 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1057567718763724

test a Western theory of procedural justice in a Eastern society

What is it about?

General population usually assess the police from two aspects: whether the officers protect their procedural rights and carry out their functions. Also, there is a difference of policing in rural and urban areas, which may lead to different public perceptions. This study uses empirical data collected from rural and urban Taiwan, a relatively young democratic country, to test this theoretical framework developed in Western countries.

Why is it important?

Prior empirical studies in Chinese societies often conclude that people cannot tell the difference between procedural rights and outcome performance of the police. This study found the opposite. Further, there is a rural vs. urban difference.


Shun-Yung Wang (Author)
University of South Florida

Taiwan is a young democratic society. In the urban areas, residents are more adopt to Western values like equality. In the rural areas, where agriculture is the primary economic activity, residents tend to operate in a more traditional fashion. It is interesting to see a Western theory can be seen in a Chinese society, with a rural vs. urban difference.

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