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Executive-legislature divide and party volatility in emergent democracies: Lessons for democratic performance from Taiwan

Yap, Fiona


Are new democracies with divided government and volatile parties politically ill fated? The literature suggests so, but cases of emergent democracies such as Taiwan and Brazil that face both conditions defy the prediction. This paper explains why: party volatility follows from pursuing distinct executive and legislature agendas under divided government; the political ambition that underlies these conditions sustains democratic and even political performance. We evaluate the argument through...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Japanese Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1017/S1468109908003150


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