Good Governance and Public Trust: Assessing the Mediating Effect of E-Government in Pakistan


  • Arif Jameel Zhejiang University, School of Public Affairs
  • Muhammad Asif Zhejiang University, School of Public Affairs
  • Abid Hussain Zhejiang University, School of Public Affairs



public trust, e-government, Pakistan, structural equation modeling (SEM), good governance


Administrative practices have always been acknowledged as a crucial tool for establishing good governance. Strong evidence shows that good governance extensively influences citizens’ behaviors toward government. This study empirically examines how good governance promote public trust with possibly mediating role of e-government. A field survey was conducted by distributing questionnaires to 1000 Pakistani individuals. The response rate was 76.3%. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling were used to analyze the data. The results confirmed the casual relationship between good governance and public trust. The results also reveal that e-government plays a mediating role in the relationship between good governance and public trust. The findings may be practically useful for both research and policy making, since it investigated the citizens' perspective of good governance, public trust and e-government.


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