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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 development of public engagement in Taiwan

The development of public engagement in Taiwan

(p.123) Nine The development of public engagement in Taiwan
Policy analysis in Taiwan

Mei Jen Hung

Policy Press

Public engagement in Taiwan has evolved with democratization. Based on William Duhn’s framework, this chapter discusses the contribution of public participation in each policy development stage and illustrates different kinds of contributions using recent experiments of public engagement in the 2000s in Taiwan. Recent experiments, including citizen consensus conference, citizen jury, scenario workshop, deliberative polling and surveys, grant citizens new opportunities to learn about public policy and their perspectives on policy issues. Other than the recent experiments, the Lo-Sheng movement is introduced as an exemplary case of public engagement. Participants in the Lo-Sheng case formulated policy proposals, disseminated information, and engaged local residents, politicians, and government agencies. Public engagement is of particular importance where citizens had been under authoritarian rule and defer to authority. The development of a political culture that encourages trust and participation is critical; meaningful participation must engage in the transformation of attitudes of citizens and government officials.

Keywords:   democratization, public engagement, policy analysis, citizen consensus conference, Lo-Sheng movement

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