chapter  6
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Policy-Making in a Democratic Era

In the previous two chapters, we considered the development of pluralism within the state and society of Taiwan. Our focus in this chapter is more concrete. We look at the policies of the state with regard to its environment and its citizenry, and we focus particularly on policies at the intersection of the polity and economy. We begin by reviewing the characteristics of the policy-making process and stating the policy objectives of the first four decades of KMT rule. Then we summarize the changes, both domestic and international, which began to affect initiation and implementation of policy.