A New Era in Democratic Taiwan Book launch

Hemsley B1, University Park
Friday 12th October 2018 (12:00-14:00)

Book launch: A New Era in Democratic Taiwan , Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations Edited by Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee and  Chapter contributers Dafydd Fell and Ming-sho Ho

In January 2016 Taiwan’s former authoritarian ruler, the KMT, the Nationalist Party of China, lost control of both the presidency and the legislature. Having led the democratization process in Taiwan during the 1980s, it maintained a winning coalition among big business, the public sector, green-collar workers and local factions. Until now.

A New Era in Democratic Taiwan identifies past, present and future trajectories in party politics and state-society relations in Taiwan. Providing a comprehensive examination of public opinion data, it sheds light on significant changes in the composition of political attitudes among the electorate. Through theoretical and empirical analyses, this book also demonstrates the emergence of a ‘new’ Taiwanese identity during the transition to democracy and shows how a diffusion of interests in society has led to an opening for niche political organizations. The result, it argues, is a long-term challenge to the ruling parties.

As the first book to evaluate Taiwan’s domestic and international circumstances after Tsai’s election in 2016, this book will be useful for students and scholars of Taiwan Studies and cross-Strait relations, as well as Asian politics more generally.

  • 12-12.30pm sandwich lunch
  • 12.30-1.30pm discussion
  • 1.30-2pm  Q&A

About the Editors

Jonathan Sullivan is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he is also Director of the China Policy Institute and the China Soccer Observatory.

Chun-Yi Lee is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at the University of Nottingham, UK, where she is also Director of the Taiwan Studies Programme.

About the Chaptor Contributors

Dafydd Fell is a Reader in Comparative Politics with special reference to Taiwan at the Department of Political and International Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Ming-sho Ho is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National Taiwan University.

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