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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 network of universal healthcare reform in Taiwan

Policy network of universal healthcare reform in Taiwan

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(p.171) Twelve Policy network of universal healthcare reform in Taiwan
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Policy analysis in Taiwan
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Guang-Xu Wang

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308300.003.0012

In order to carefully reveal the real policy process in Taiwan, this chapter explores the power structure in the co-governance mechanism of Taiwan’s universal healthcare system (the so-called National Health Insurance, NHI) by employing policy network approach. This chapter examines multiple types of ties between policy elites and power distribution that have evolved in the crucial policy event of new financing scheme promotion between 2004 and 2012. Data sources include official documents and 60 social network interviews that were held with government officials and related unofficial policy participants. Degree centrality index and core/periphery model are used to determine the major participants and network structures in the NHI domain, as well as the influential policy actors, based on information transmission and resource exchange relationships in Taiwan’s current political situation. By doing so, this chapter aims to show how social network technique can be used in study policy processes and illustrate comprehensive power maps and provide recommendations for the NHI’s reform in Taiwan.

Keywords:   National Health Insurance, social network analysis, policy network analysis, core/periphery model, degree centrality, Taiwan

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