What the 2016 Elections Revealed Regarding Taiwan's Politics, as Seen in Democratic Theory

James C. Hsiung

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    Abstract

    This article attempts to decipher the meaning of Taiwan's January 2016 general elections by focusing on the factors that underscored the landslide victories by the opposition DPP party over the long-time ruling KMT. The ultimate aim is to answer the larger question of how to understand Taiwan's politics from the perspective of democratic theory. Two of the attributes that a true democracy must have are: (1) an opposition party loyal to the common weal of society, as opposed to the party's own egoistic interests; and (2) an independent free media. My study fails to find either in Taiwan under the shadows of DPP's maneuverings.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalAsian Affairs
    Volume44
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

    Keywords

    • Sun Flower Movement
    • Taiwan's general elections
    • a loyal opposition
    • an independent free media
    • democratic theory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Law

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