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- DescriptionTaiwan's gradual democratization has been celebrated as one of the most successful cases of political transformation, due to an initially smooth political transition from one-party authoritarianism to multi-party politics. Yet, this transition is incomplete and, especially since 2000 when the first n-Kuomintang president was elected, Taiwan has seen an intense and persistent politicization of its society. Institutional flaws are t eugh to explain the shortcomings of Taiwan's democratic politics or those in other transitional democracies, the author argues. Rather, when an old dominant party like the Kuomintang continues to thrive even after the end of one-party rule, the process of political liberalization and transition contains within itself the seeds of structural politicization. This is, then, a study with empirical value - warning that extreme politicization is the main internal threat to the sustainability of Taiwan's democratic politics - but its analysis also applies to other transitional democracies around the world.
- Author BiographyUntil recently lecturing in world politics at the University of Helsinki, Dr Mikael Mattlin is now a research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he has specialized in Chinese politics since 1995.
- Author(s)Mikael Mattlin
- PublisherNIAS Press
- Date of Publication16/12/2010
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Series TitleGovernance in Asia
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationCopenhagen
- Country of PublicationDenmark
- ImprintNIAS Press
- Content Noteillustrated (some in colour)
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
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