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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hood, Steven J.
Kuomintang and the democratization of Taiwan.
Boulder, Colo. : WestviewPress, c1997
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Steven J Hood
|Description:||xiii, 181 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. Theoretical Considerations --
2. Rebuilding the Party on Taiwan --
3. Political Calm and Slow Change --
4. Chiang Ching-kuo's Break from the Past --
5. Liberalizing the Political System --
6. Inner-Party Conflict and the Emergence of Democracy --
7. Testing Democratic Reforms in Taiwan --
8. Concluding Analysis: The Kuomintang and Political Development on Taiwan.
|Responsibility:||Steven J. Hood.|
Focusing on the role of KMT party elites in the democratization process. Steven Hood considers the KMT's evolution from a Leninist party-state to a fractious party in a competitive political system. Many contemporary studies suggest that democratization is the product of decisions, compromises, and accidents - the result of relatively short-term confrontations among elites in the opposition and softliners and hardliners within authoritarian regimes. Although these factors are important, the democratization of Taiwan has been a long-term process of elites wrestling within the confines of existing political institutions. Taiwan's case study reminds us that we need to revisit the prerequisites that must underline a true democracy - factors that are too often ignored or dismissed by scholars studying the democratization process.