Judicial Ideal Points in New Democracies: The Case of Taiwan
This paper extends the empirical analysis of the determinants of judicial behavior by estimating the ideal points for the Justices of the Taiwanese Constitutional Court from 1988–2009. Taiwan presents a particularly interesting case because the establishment and development of constitutional review corresponds to the country’s political transition from an authoritarian regime dominated by one party to an emerging democracy. The estimated ideal points allow us to focus on political coalitions in the Judicial Yuan based on presidential appointments. We did not find any strong evidence of such coalitions. Our empirical results indicated that, with the exception of a handful of Justices, most of them have moderate estimated ideal points. In the context of the Taiwanese Constitutional Court, our results also confirm the previous econometric analysis that largely rejected the attitudinal hypothesis, which predicted that Justices would respond to their appointers’ party interests.
Lucia Dalla Pellegrina, Nuno Garoupa, and Shirley Lin. "Judicial Ideal Points in New Democracies: The Case of Taiwan" National Taiwan University Law Review 7.1 (2012): 123-165.