Identity, Social Exclusion and Perceived Performance of Local Government — Evidence from Urban China

Abstract

As a product of China’s planned economy, the state-run hukou system has dramatically influenced national and social management. However, hukou identity often results in social exclusion and alienation of outsiders. This study explores how hukou identity affects urban residents’ perception of local government performance. The least-square method (OLS), ordered-logit regression, and propensity score matching method (PSM) are applied to test our hypothesis. We found that hukou identity has a significant impact on perceived performance of local government. Specifically, non-locals’ perceived performance is lower than that of native locals, but there is no apparent distinction between new locals’ perceived performance and native locals through hukou conversion. Furthermore, hukou identity’s influence on perception of local government performance has individual heterogeneity. Here, the opinions of highly educated residents coincide due to hukou identity. Beginning with the unique heterogeneous social structure in urban China attributable to hukou system, this study provides a new way to understand residents’ complicated political psychology in urban China.

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Yuan, L., Fan, F. Identity, Social Exclusion and Perceived Performance of Local Government — Evidence from Urban China. J OF CHIN POLIT SCI (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-020-09723-2

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Keywords

  • Hukou identity
  • Social exclusion
  • Perceived performance
  • Local government
  • Urban China