Taiwan’s General Elections of 2016

  • John Fuh-sheng Hsieh
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


The 2016 general elections were a milestone in Taiwan’s political history. The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) was defeated by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which was not only able to win the presidency but also, for the first time in history, an outright majority in the Legislative Yuan (Parliament). Potentially, the 2016 elections might portend a partisan realignment between the two major political parties (or the two major political groupings—the Pan-KMT camp and the Pan-DPP camp) for many years to come. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the events leading to the elections and the factors that may have affected the turnout and voters’ vote choices in these crucial elections in this young democracy.


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  • John Fuh-sheng Hsieh
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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