Previous research has identified the perhaps unfortunate and possibly unique linkage between different notions of liberal democracy and national identity as a major obstacle to deepening democratic processes in Taiwan. This chapter further elaborates on the negative dynamics of the identity conflict by looking at the domestic political discourse on a number of issues, such as transitional justice, the death penalty, establishing a national human rights commission, and nuclear energy policy. It also addresses other political and social factors preventing a democratic discourse on “unpopular” but important issues.


death penalty Kuomintang Ma Ying-jeou nationalism social democracy Taiwan transitional justice 


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