Strategies, institutions, and outcomes under SNTV in Taiwan, 1992-2004

Dennis P. Patterson, Hans Stockton

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Abstract

During the five democratic elections held in Taiwan from 1992 to 2004 inclusive, the formerly dominant Kuomintang Party (KMT) was temporarily supplanted by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as the nation's largest political party. Most explanations for this have focused on party fragmentation and the changing patterns of electoral competition it helped create. These are important factors, but they have not been tested empirically at the level where candidates won and lost legislative seats, the level of the election district. This article offers such an empirical test, and it will show that these two factors had a direct impact on the ability of DPP and KMT candidates to obtain legislative seats. We also show that these factors carried indirect impacts by hurting the ability of the KMT and DPP to nominate in a way that they would obtain all the seats that their obtained vote shares would allow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-59
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of East Asian Studies
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Candidates
  • Competition
  • Election districts
  • Election outcomes
  • Electoral system
  • Legislative Yuan
  • Nomination errors
  • Overnominations
  • SNTV
  • Undernominations

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