Taiwan faces many of the same challenges as most newly democratized nations such as the legacy of an authoritarian government, a traditional culture, ethnic division and non-majoritarian political institutions. Each chapter in this volume sheds light on the democratization process. The contributors examine questions concerning the state of political trust, ethnicity, democratic values and political institutions. In the post-Cold War era when America's foreign policy is focusing on how best to foster democratic transition throughout the world, the lessons that can be learned from Taiwan's democratization impart valuable lessons to students and scholars.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByJames Meernik, Philip Paolino

chapter 2|14 pages

Democracy in a Mildly Divided Society

ByJohn Fuh-sheng Hsieh

chapter 4|18 pages

Cultural and Political Convergence and Divergence: Survey Data across the Taiwan Strait with U.S. and Korean Comparisons

ByStrait with U.S. and Korean Comparisons Steve Chan

chapter 6|18 pages

Democratic Commitment in Taiwan: An Analysis of Survey Data

ByT.Y. Wang

chapter 7|16 pages

Quality of Political Choice and Popular Orientation toward Democracy

ByEric C.C. Chang and Yun-han Chu

chapter 8|14 pages

Referendum and Democracy: The Experience of Taiwan

ByChi Huang

chapter 11|16 pages

The China Factor in Taiwan’s Domestic Politics

ByEmerson Niou

chapter 12|6 pages


ByPhilip Paolino, James Meernik