1st Edition

A New Era in Democratic Taiwan
Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations

ISBN 9781138062429
Published July 3, 2018 by Routledge
194 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee

2. The KMT Coalition Unravels: The 2016 Elections and Taiwan's New Political Landscape, Nathan F. Batto

3. The Role of Democracy in the Rise of the Taiwanese National Identity, Frank Muyard

4. Taiwan's Political Parties in the Aftermath of the 2016 Elections, Dafydd Fell

5. From Protest to Electioneering: Electoral and Party Politics after the Sunflower Movement, Ming-sho Ho

6. The Media in Democratic Taiwan, Jonathan Sullivan, Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley, Cien-san Feng and James Smyth

7. Peace or War with Taiwan in China’s Foreign Policy, Edward Friedman

8. Has China's Taiwan Policy Failed? And if so, What Next?, Shelley Rigger

9. New Directions in Taiwan’s Foreign Policy, Saša Istenič

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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.


"This collection is likely to become a significant and influential example of cross-disciplinary research straddling area studies, political science, and international relations. It testifies to a major step towards combining the thinking and approaches of both the development of Taiwanese democracy and the emergence of a new national identity, which represents an original and meaningful approach in these fields."

Beatrice Zani, International Journal of Taiwan Studies