Political Change in Taiwan

Political Change in Taiwan

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In the 1980s, after more than 3 decades of single-party authoritarian rule, the Duomintang (KMT) initiated a gradual process of political liberalization in Taiwan and an expansion of democratic politics. This volume places Taiwan's experience with political liberalization in comparative perspective. The authors address a number of issues that are peculiar to the consolidation of democracy in Taiwan, including the nature of relations between indigenous Taiwanese and Mainlanders, the changing role of the KMT, and the country's international political status as a divided nation. They also explore more general factors that have influenced the democratization process: the effects of rapid economic transformation on political development, the formation of counterelites, the emergence of interest groups, and the dynamics of electoral politics in "soft" authoritarian regimes.
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  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1555872751
  • 9781555872755

Table of contents

Regime transformation in Taiwan - theoretical and comparative perspectives, T.J. Cheng and S. Haggard; social change, liberalization and democratization - basic processes; transformation of an authoritarian party state - Taiwan's development experience, Hung-mao Tien; emerging social movements and the rise of a demanding civil society, Michael H.H. Hsiao; the transformation of the KMT and the party system; the changing role of the KMT in Taiwan's political system, Ping-lung Jiang and Wen-cheng Wu; liberalization, democratization, and the role of the KMT, Constance Squires Meaney; political opposition in Taiwan - the development of the democratic progressive party, Ya-li Lu; the electoral system and electoral behaviour; voting behaviour, Fei-lung Lui and Yih-yan Chen; electoral competition and political democratization, Hu Fu and Yun-han Chu; the effect of Taiwan's political reform on Taiwan-mainland relations, Andrew Nathan; toward 2000, Edwin Winckler.
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