Political Polarization in Taiwan: A Growing Challenge to Catch-all Parties?

  title={Political Polarization in Taiwan: A Growing Challenge to Catch-all Parties?},
  author={Caleb Clark and Alexander C. Tan},
  journal={Journal of Current Chinese Affairs},
  pages={31 - 7}
For the last decade, politics in Taiwan have become increasingly polarized over the national identity issue. Yet, the bitter division between the two major parties is not really reflected in the electorate. We seek to explain this paradox by examining the changing nature of political parties, in particular the growing role of ideological activists in campaigns, the rise of cultural and identity issues, the difficulty for new parties to emerge, the decline of catch-all parties, and the tendency… Expand

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