Politics, public opinion and China — factors shaping Taiwan’s casino policy

    Given the above line-up of political parties, it is theoretically possible for a single election to result in a fundamental change of the government’s gaming policy. This aspect of political risk has been reduced in recent years, however, as the island of Penghu (whose Magistrate is a member of the DPP) has expressed interest in holding a casino gaming referendum and there has been no major political opposition to the current draft of the casino gaming law that has been submitted to the legislature. Both parties recognize that casino gaming could provide employment and other economic benefits for both the offshore islands and Taiwan generally, so opposition to casino gaming is fairly muted at the political level. b)  Public Opinion: Given the direct democracy that exists in Taiwan, the growing political activism of Taiwan’s younger generation, a vocal religious community (Buddhists and Presbyterians being the most influential), an unrestrained press,...

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