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.
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 democratisation 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 organisations. 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.
This event is free and open to all.
B1 Hemsley, University Park .
Friday 12 October, 12-2pm.
12-12.30pm sandwich lunch
Find out more at nottingham.ac.uk/go/tsp-book-launch
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