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By Mikael Mattlin

Taiwan's sluggish democratization has been celebrated as the most profitable situations of political transformation, because of an firstly gentle political transition from one-party authoritarianism to multi-party politics. but, this transition is incomplete and, specially due to the fact 2000 while the 1st non-Kuomintang president used to be elected, Taiwan has visible an excessive and protracted politicization of its society. Institutional flaws are usually not adequate to give an explanation for the shortcomings of Taiwan's democratic politics or these in different transitional democracies, the writer argues. relatively, whilst an previous dominant occasion just like the Kuomintang keeps to thrive even after the top of one-party rule, the method of political liberalization and transition includes inside of itself the seeds of structural politicization. this is often, then, a learn with empirical price - caution that severe politicization is the most inner probability to the sustainability of Taiwan's democratic politics - yet its research additionally applies to different transitional democracies world wide.

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