Widening the Constitutional Gap in China and Taiwan

History, Reform, and the Transformation of the Control Yuan

This Article illustrates how the gap between a constitution’s text and application may contribute to the endurance of both the constitution itself and institutions created thereunder. Specifically, this Article focuses on China’s Control Yuan, one of the “indigenous branches” of the government created under the 1947 Constitution of the Republic of China. By tracing the Control Yuan’s metamorphosis, the Article specifically reconsiders some of the factors contributing to the endurance of the 1947 Constitution of the Republic of China and the changing constitutional landscape in China and Taiwan.

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