Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy

Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy

Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy

Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy

Synopsis

Politics in Taiwan is an accessible and highly readable survey of the Taiwanese political situation spanning from 1949 to the present. With a focus on the issue of democratization, Shelley Rigger covers Taiwan's complicated and unique political history, and tells the story of how the Taiwanese, demanding a stronger voice in politics, drove their government to reinvent itself on a democratic blueprint.

This book shows that Taiwan, unlike other countries, avoided serious economic disruption and social conflict, and arrived at its goal of multi-party competition with little bloodshed.

Excerpt

Recognizing that most readers who have studied Chinese are comfortable with Pinyin romanization, I have used that system to transliterate Mandarin words, both in the text and in the footnotes. Most people in Taiwan use the Wade-Giles romanization system to transliterate their names, so I have followed this convention for proper names (some commonly recognized proper names are idiosyncratic; I have used those spellings to facilitate recognition). in the notes I have used Chinese name order for authors of Chinese-language sources and English name order for the authors of sources in English.

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