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|Other Titles:||Party Cooperation and Conflict under Divided Government ── The Fourth Term Legislative Yuan|
divided government;unified government;the Legislative Yuan;party bargain;party conflict;party cooperation
|Issue Date:||2014-07-28 15:00:55 (UTC+8)|
This study focuses on the operational pattern of the 4th term Legislative Yuan during the unified and divided government, respectively. Especially, I investigate the performance and transformation of party politics during policy-making process. The 4th term Legislative Yuan presents a very rich array of party politics, such that the traditional dichotomous “divided government leads to congressional deadlock” versus “unified government leads to effective governance” cannot fully capture the reality, and this dichotomous view also reduces the complexity and fluidity of the interactions between the executive and legislative branches. Thus, I examine the legislative process from the very beginning of bill-proposition, the prolonged process of party conflict and party bargaining, and the final stage of voting behavior and partisan voting. Through detailed analyses, I show the conditions under which parties will cooperate with or run against each other. This research shows that, under the conditions of the unified and divided government, party conflict and cooperation both works at the same term. I provide evidences: including the relative number of laws supplied and demanded, the delay of law enactments, the decrease of the party voting, and the over-dependence on the inter-party bargaining to solve party conflict. From these contradicting phenomena, this paper attempts to search for the explanation of political actors’ motives and resources to account for the party conflict, to search for the reasons of actors’ shared goals and the calculation rationale to account for party cooperation, and as a whole, to provide a contextual explanation for the functioning of Taiwan’s divided government.
|Relation:||東吳政治學報, 16, 47-93|
|Appears in Collections:||[政治學系] 期刊論文|
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