electoral system

Effects of Electoral System Change on Voter Turnout: The Case of Legislative Elections in Taiwan

For a long time, scholars both at home and abroad have paid close attention to the effect of electoral systems on voter turnout. However, the effect of these changes in the electoral system on participation in voting has not been conclusive. This study investigates the influence of electoral reforms on voter turnout by analyzing legislative elections in Taiwan. We first adopted a quasi-experiment design with township councilors as the control group to assess the effect of electoral reforms on voter turnout.

Sources and Implications of Malapportionment in Taiwan

Malapportionment in Taiwan’s legislature is above the global average, with nearly 8% of all seats apportioned to districts that would not otherwise have them. Some of this malapportionment is explicitly intended and has a normative justification based in the importance of maintaining communities of interest. However, most of the malapportionment is unintended.

Knowledge of the Electoral System and Voter Turnout

Taiwan’s new MMM legislative electoral system first implemented in 2008 was a sharp departure from the half-century long SNTV system. This paper examines effects of knowledge of the new electoral system on citizens’ decisions to vote or not to vote. Existing literature on voting either assumes that voters are fully aware of the electoral system and thus ignores the effect of knowledge or at best assumes it is an exogenous factor. This study distinguishes itself from other related works in three respects.

Knowledge of the Electoral System and Voter Turnout

Taiwan’s new MMM legislative electoral system first implemented in 2008 was a sharp departure from the half-century long SNTV system. This paper examines effects of knowledge of the new electoral system on citizens’ decisions to vote or not to vote. Existing literature on voting either assumes that voters are fully aware of the electoral system and thus ignores the effect of knowledge or at best assumes it is an exogenous factor. This study distinguishes itself from other related works in three respects.

The Impact of Upcoming Changes in the Electoral System on the Initiation Behavior of Pork Barrel related Bills from Legislators

This paper explores the motives of legislators in seeking distributive
benefits for their districts. Based on the perspective of distributive theory,
the authors seek to determine whether the legislators of the Taiwan’s
6th Legislative Yuan are about to change their bill-initiation behavior,
compared with the legislators of the 5th Legislative Yuan, due to the
upcoming changes in the electoral system (i.e. to reduce members by 50%
and replace the SNTV by a single-member-district). The negative binomial

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