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Title: A Blue Tango: Electoral Competition and the Formation of Taiwan's Opposition Coalition
Authors: 林繼文
Lin, Jih-Wen
Keywords: Taiwan politics;electoral competition;coalition formation;“nested game”;Kuomintang (KMT);Democratic Progressive Party (DPP);People First Party (PFP)
Date: 2003-06
Issue Date: 2008-12-30 14:42:22 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This article attempts to explain the formation of Taiwan’s opposition coalition, a phenomenon of critical importance to the unfolding of her democratic politics. Seeing the case as a multi-stage coalition formation game, the analysis shows that an electoral alliance between the opposition parties can be engineered regardless of how they interact in the legislature-as long as the cohesion of their legislative partnership is based on the expectation that they will cooperate in the upcoming presidential election. Another main argument is that the key to a successful opposition alliance in the 2004 presidential election hinges on the ability to produce a profile of divisible goods for the election. Once ready, these goods must be allocated in proportion to the electoral strength of each party. The greatest obstacle for the pan-Blue parties to build a joint campaign team may lie in the fact that the People First Party (PFP) has a better chance to deliver a viable candidate; the party is weaker however than the Kuomintang (KMT) in organizational and financial resources.
Relation: Issues and Studies,39(2),41-72
Data Type: article
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