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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 the local councils

Policy analysis in the local councils

(p.67) Five Policy analysis in the local councils
Policy analysis in Taiwan

Kai-Hung Fang

Policy Press

Traditionally, the perception of local councillors in Taiwan is often associated with terms such as vote buying, influence peddling, bribery, corruption, incompetence, and unprofessionalism. They devote the majority of their time and resources in constituent services and securing funding for their electoral district’s localized projects. Accordingly, the role played by local councils and their members in policy analysis are limited. This paper intends to analyze the roles played by Taiwan’s local councils in local policy analysis, and outline the avenues through which policy relevant information is provided to local councilmen. It is argued that the power of local executive and legislative branches should be balanced to ensure the sustainable development of local self-governance. As a result, the goal of future reforms on local councils is not to eliminate the politics in the councils, but to improve the motivation for local councillors to make better policy decisions as well as enhancing their capacity to do so.

Keywords:   local council, local self-governance, local politics, policy analysis

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