Taiwan's 2001 Legislative, Magistrates and Mayors Election: Further Consolidating Democracy?
In December 2001, Taiwan held an election that many observers said, in addition to the 2000 election that resulted in opposition party leader Chen Shuibian winning the presidency, consolidated its democracy. This election made President Chen's party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the largest party in the legislature and gave him an opportunity to implement his agenda -- which he had not been able to do previously due to the opposition's large legislative majority and the political gridlock that had plagued Taiwan for some months.
Taiwan's 2001 Legislative, Magistrates and Mayors Election: Further Consolidating Democracy? examines the political milieu in which the campaign was conducted, the candidates, party platforms and strategies, the campaign, and the results of the election. It also assesses the domestic and international responses to the election and its political ramifications.