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Title: Taiwan's Political Ecology after the November 1997 Local Election
Authors: Yu, P.K.-h. 
Issue Date: Mar-1998
Citation: Yu, P.K.-h. (1998-03). Taiwan's Political Ecology after the November 1997 Local Election. Journal of Chinese Political Science 4 (1) : 19-32. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: From the late 1940s to the late 1980s, the political system in Taiwan can be best characterized as a one-party system, with the Kuomintang (KMT) as the dominant ruling party. In the Nov 1997 local election, the KMT was defeated by the opposition party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), for the first time. The DPP not only gained more county & city posts at the provincial level but also grabbed more votes than the ruling party, resulting in a new political order. At the local level, a two-party system has emerged. The general population prefers a cleaner & more efficient government. Many voters in the Nov 1997 election voted for the candidates -- not the party -- of their choice. Unless the KMT can welcome back the New Party (NP), its ruling party status at the national (as opposed to central) level may be called into serious question. Before the legislative election of Dec 1998 & the direct, presidential election of Mar 2000, it seems that the KMT will try to co-opt members of the NP. There could be tension between the central & local governments in Taiwan on many issues in the foreseeable future, such as whether or not the Republic of China (ROC) flag should be hoisted in schools & how much financial support the local governments can get from the central government. It is highly doubtful that the DPP can grab the presidency in the year 2000. Most voters are not ready for such a new order at the presidential or central (as opposed to national) level.
Source Title: Journal of Chinese Political Science
ISSN: 10806954
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