Local and Provincial Elections in Taiwan: Appraising Steps in Democratization
This chapter analyzes Taiwan’s 1994 elections for provincial governor, provincial assembly, Taipei City, and Kaohsiung City mayors and councils, as well as legislative recalls as trends towards greater democratization in Taiwan. It appraises electoral administration, voter participation, inter-party competition, and election campaigns according to criteria of normative theories of democracy. The appraisal identifies biased electronic media, high costs of campaigns, and allegations of corruption as problems for attention if Taiwan is to sustain democratic institutions that distinguish it from its former Leninist-like policies and practices.
KeywordsCity Council Democratic Progressive Party Local Election Taipei City Party Candidate
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