Transitional Justice and Political Compromise in Taiwan

Transitional justice in Taiwan is criticized for being too late, slow and timid by some, and too disruptive, vengeful and polarizing by others. The politicization and polarization of transitional justice are of particular concern to many students of Taiwan politics. Rather than resulting from direct negotiations and mutual agreements between the elites from the two political camps, the political compromise Taiwan has over transitional justice only gradually reveals its dynamic state over time. The case of Taiwan, in other words,
exemplifies a long-term, incremental, an intermittent attempt to improve on a compromised state of
bounded transitional justice through the rough and tumble of partisan competition. This approach of
majoritarian muddling through is not just a more feasible second-best, but also holds the potential to
outperform other less majoritarian and more conciliatory alternatives in dealing with the lingering past of
authoritarianism in Taiwan.