Political Change on Taiwan: Transition to Democracy?

  title={Political Change on Taiwan: Transition to Democracy?},
  author={Shao-chuan Leng and Cheng-Yi Lin},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={805 - 839}
Samuel P. Huntington categorized Taiwan's path to democracy as “transformation,” by which he meant that “the elites in power took the lead in bringing about democracy.” The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) would agree with this explanation, although the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which was established in 1986 in defiance of martial law, would argue that Taiwan's liberalization and democratization was carried out through a process of transplacement, in which “democratization resulted… 

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