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Collapsing Local Factions: The Case of Ping-Tung

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Almost all studies of local factions accept the idea of local faction power structures resembling pyramids. In this paper the author analyzes factions in Taiwan's Ping-Tung County. Using data collected through participant observations of electoral mobilization and interviews, the author focuses on the disappearance of two county-level factions and the collapse of the large majority of township-level factions. Of 25 non-aboriginal townships in Ping-Tung, only Lin-Pien still operates according to factional politics. It appears that up-to-date studies of local factions are not being properly applied to the current situation in Ping-Tung. Politically, to do so would pose greater electoral mobilization challenges for the Kuomingtang.


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