The Quest for Good Governance: Taiwan’s Fight Against Corruption

Issue Date January 2016
Volume 27
Issue 1
Page Numbers 124-38
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In Taiwan, the legal definition of what constitutes “corrupt” behavior and legal changes is now clearer than ever. Moreover, since the change in ruling parties, judicial independence has been guaranteed and anti-corruption agencies have been strengthened considerably. Although there is still corruption and that the institutional configuration of Taiwan’s anti-corruption agencies is far from optimum, these are major achievements. The present report explains these achievements by tracing the interplay between agency and institutions at two turning points in Taiwan’s history, democratization and the change in ruling parties, in bringing about Taiwan’s anti-corruption reforms.

About the Author

Christian Goebel is deputy head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. His research is concerned with institutional change on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. He has published widely on anticorruption and the impact of local clientelist networks on the quality of governance in Taiwan.

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