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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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The power of influencing policies, or getting their share and more

The power of influencing policies, or getting their share and more

interest groups in Taiwan

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(p.95) Seven The power of influencing policies, or getting their share and more
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Policy analysis in Taiwan
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Wilbur Bing-Yan Lu

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308300.003.0007

Although many political scientists in Taiwan have researched authoritarian regimes and the state of democracy, economic development, social change, and an era of mass media in the 21st century have altered the environments where the Taiwanese people live, work, and govern. In this chapter, the author views politics as a struggle among interest groups over government policies and examines some major statutes and law revisions, such as Labour Union Act of 1929 & 2010, Political Contributions Act of 2004, Social Order and Maintenance Act of 1991. Many groups have taken opportunities to lobby political parties, KMT and DPP. There are additional outlets where interest groups can target their propaganda when some activists were listed on legislator-at-large seats. Interest groups occasionally employ protests and demonstrations to apply pressures on government officials to take action in the past decades, whereas active opposition political parties in Taiwan are more concerned with winning public office in elections than with influencing policies.

Keywords:   interest group, labour union, mass media, political party, Taiwanese politics

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