This research was supported in part by the Ministry of Education, Singapore, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (WBS No: R-124-000-039-112).
A Communicative Action Approach to Evaluating Citizen Support for a Government's Smoking Policies†
Version of Record online: 21 OCT 2013
© 2013 International Communication Association
Journal of Communication
Volume 63, Issue 6, pages 1153–1174, December 2013
How to Cite
Chang, L., Jacobson, T. L. and Zhang, W. (2013), A Communicative Action Approach to Evaluating Citizen Support for a Government's Smoking Policies. Journal of Communication, 63: 1153–1174. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12065
- Issue online: 2 DEC 2013
- Version of Record online: 21 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 2 MAR 2012
This study examines the communicative grounds of democratic legitimacy in a hybrid political system, Singapore, by applying Habermas's theory of communicative action. The theory holds that citizens will be more likely to accept the rightfulness of a political order to the extent that they recognize its orientation as being communicative, oriented to increasing reciprocal understanding with the public. Assessments of communicative action are indicated by 2 conditions: whether citizens agree with government claims and whether citizens perceive opportunities to engage in dialog with policymakers in public discourse. The communicative action approach is tested using the case of Singapore government's action on smoking control. National survey results indicate that selected validity conditions and speech conditions are positively associated with legitimacy appraisals.