Based on the evaluation of the public's degree of cognition toward the concept of democratic consolidation, this study aims to explore how the value system of democratic consolidation was shaped by the citizens of Taiwan and other countries in East Asia and compare the differences among them. This study conducts the empirical tests using the Quantile Regression Model and analyzes the impact of the sampled governments' performance on the assessment of democratic consolidation and that whether such an impact will change with the degree of democratic consolidation. This study further analyzes the key factors affecting democracy assessment of Taiwan and other five countries and that whether these factors are economic or political performance.
Evidence shows that the impact of Taiwan's government performance on democratic consolidation is different from that of other five countries in East Asia. Heterogeneity exists in the impact of Taiwanese citizens' subjective economic assessments on the indicators of democratic consolidation, among which heterogeneity exists in the impact of economic assessments but insignificant in the impacts on the lowest and highest indicators of democratic assessments. As far as citizens in Japan and Thailand are concerned, the impact of these citizens' assessments on governments’ performance seems to be more important than subjective assessments on economic performance. At last, as far as citizens in South Korea, Mongolia and Philippines are concerned, consistence does exist in the factors affecting the indicators of democratic consolidation.
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