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Date 16 February 2017 (Thursday)
Time 6:30 - 8:30pm
Venue Eminence Galaxy – Alumni Function Room, 11/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
Language Putonghua

The Successes and Failures of Taiwanese Democracy and Its Meaning
臺灣民主政治的成敗及其意義

Prof. Jiang Yi-Huah 江宜樺教授

Professor of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
City University of Hong Kong
Former Premier of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
香港城市大學
人文社會科學院教授
前中華民國行政院院長

[ Biography ]

 

Taiwan is the only democracy in the Chinese world. In the process of democratization, Taiwan successfully realizes the democratic transition of an authoritarian regime, fair elections and peaceful change of powers, and the formation of a viable civil society, for which it is highly accredited by the international community. Nevertheless, Taiwanese democracy is also tainted by a serious divide of national identity, relentless partisan politics, disfunction of government, disrespect of the law, and notorious manipulation of mass media. The shortcomings of Taiwanese democracy is so appalling that more and more people become suspicious of the desirability of democracy in general, and the feasibility of democracy for the Chinese people in particular.

Like it or not, Taiwanese democracy deserves a careful analysis, both in terms of its strengths and weaknesses. The story of Taiwanese democracy will not only affect China's strategic choice of political reform in the future, but also bear significantly on the uncertain prospect of democracy in Hong Kong. It is therefore something worthy of attention and reflection among people who care the future of the Chinese world.

台灣是目前華人社會中唯一實行民主政治的地方。在民主化的過程中,台灣完成了威權政體的轉型,落實了公平選舉及政黨輪替,並孕育了多元開放的公民社會,其民主成就受到世界各國的高度肯定。然而,台灣的民主發展也面臨了國家認同分裂、朝野政黨惡鬥、政府效能不彰、法治精神蕩然、以及媒體生態扭曲等嚴重問題,使人們日益懷疑民主政治究竟是不是值得追求的制度,以及華人社會是不是適合實施民主。

台灣民主的優點與缺點,值得我們平心靜氣加以分析。而台灣民主發展的成敗,將會牽動中國大陸未來政治改革的策略思考,也會影響香港摸索中的民主進程,同樣值得關心兩岸三地前景的人仔細思量。

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  • Prof. Michael M. Yang 楊夢甦教授
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  • Dr. David X. Cheng 程星博士
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    Date: Thursday, 15 October 2015

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    Date: Thursday, 2 July 2015

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