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Electoral and Party Politics in Democratization

  • Jürgen Domes
Part of the St Antony’s book series

Abstract

The Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan has undergone, mainly over the last ten years, a process of transition from a developmental authoritarian dictatorship to a representative democracy. This process, which found its completion in the direct popular election of the state president on 23 March 1996, was characterized by six phenomena:
  • a gradual increase of political competition, which has resulted in the emergence of a competitive party system;

  • the development of the National Assembly and the Legislative Yuan into fully representative parliamentary bodies entirely elected by the population of the ROC;

  • the removal of restrictions to freedom of the press and of information;

  • the removal of restrictions to the evolution of independent civil-interest groups, in particular those of workers, farmers, and women;

  • the gradual development of patterns of intra-party pluralization within the ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT);

  • the distinct reduction, though not abolition, of the KMT’s dominating role in the mass communication media.

Keywords

Central Committee Democratic Progressive Party Representative Democracy Popular Vote Secret Ballot 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999

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  • Jürgen Domes

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