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The impact of electoral system reform on Taiwan's local factions

Der Einfluss der Wahlsystemreform auf Taiwans lokale Gruppierungen
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Göbel, Christian

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Abstract "In 2004, the single non-transferable vote (SNTV) was abolished in Taiwan. The SNTV had long been seen as a major factor in the sustenance of county- and township-level clientelist networks ('local factions'). It was also associated with phenomena such as extremism, candidate-centered politics, vote-buying, clientelism and organized crime involvement in politics. More recent scholarship, however, has led to doubts that a single formal institution like an electoral system could have such a powerful influence on electoral mobilization. This article puts these positions to an initial test. It examines the impact of the electoral reform on the mobilization capacity of a local faction in a rural county notorious for its factionalism. By illuminating its intricate mobilization structures, it provides support for the second position: These structures are too resilient to be affected by even a radical electoral reform." (author's abstract)
Keywords Taiwan; election; electoral system; reform; influence; rural area; pressure group; voter turnout; party; impact; social factors; mobilization; service provider; neighborhood; security; domestic security; political development; clientelism; Far East; Asia
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method applied research; empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 69-92
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 41 (2012) 3
Issue topic Taiwan under KMT rule: recent trends in domestic politics and cross-strait relations
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works