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Policy analysis in Taiwan$
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Yu-Ying Kuo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308300

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308300.001.0001

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Policy analysis in a time of turbulence

Policy analysis in a time of turbulence

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Policy analysis in Taiwan

Chilik Yu

Yu-Ying Kuo

Policy Press

A quarter century after peaceful democratic reforms and liberal economic development on the country, Taiwan is now entering into an era of turbulence. As part of the “growing pains” of a young democracy, recent political uncertainty and financial scarcity in Taiwan have raised legitimate concerns about the ability of the Taiwanese government to make desirable and feasible policies for the people. This chapter examines the current governance crisis affecting Taiwan on several fronts. Overall, increasing financial resource scarcity, incessant partisan disputes, greater electoral polarization, and growing clout of the news media have made the entire public policy-making process—from problem identification to policy evaluation—much more uncertain and unpredictable. Whereas the past authoritarian regime was able to make policies in a centralized and distributive style without much opposition, today’s democratically-elected government must learn to make policies in a politically and financially unstable environment, before a raucous, fickle, and sometimes unforgiving public.

Keywords:   policy analysis, Taiwan, democratic reforms, turbulent era, political uncertainty, resource scarcity

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