Debating “Unpopular” Issues in Taiwan

Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)


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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