Regime Transition and the Media in Taiwan

Rawnsley, G. D. and Rawnsley, M.-Y.T. (1998) Regime Transition and the Media in Taiwan. Democratization, 5 (2). pp. 106-124. ISSN 1351-0347

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Taiwan's recent experience of political regime transition suggests the existence of a strong correlation between the promotion of free and diverse media and the level of political change. The government's efforts to create a more liberal media environment are commendable, but, owing to the structure of the market and ownership patterns, the party of government (the Kuomintang) maintains a powerful influence over television and major newspapers. This makes the so-called new media, especially cable television and talk radio, particularly important to democratization in Taiwan. So far, however, they have tended to promote a divisive and adversarial political culture rather than true democratic consolidation.

Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L240 International Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science
College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:53428
Deposited On:14 Feb 2023 15:16

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