Party’s Issue Competence and Electoral Decisions in Taiwan’s 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections

  • Ching-hsin Yu
  • T. Y. Wang
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


Employing the theory of issue ownership, this chapter finds that voters’ concerns about Taiwan’s increasing economic dependence on China, together with a series of domestic events, have altered voter’s perceptions of the KMT’s issue competence, particularly in managing cross-Strait relations. This shifting perception of issue competence in part explained the KMT’s electoral misfortune in 2016. However, partisanship and candidate attributes continued to play a major role in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. While the role of issue ownership and perceived issue competence cannot be ignored, their effects on Taiwanese citizens’ electoral decisions may vary from election to election.


Party’s issue competence Kuomintang (KMT) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2012 presidential election 2016 presidential election Taiwan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ching-hsin Yu
    • 1
  • T. Y. Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Election Study Center/Taiwan Institute of Governance and Communication ResearchNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Politics and GovernmentIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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