The Conference Group on Taiwan Studies is a Related Group of the American Political Science Association. For this year's annual virtual conference, CGOTS is sponsoring seven special panels on Taiwanese politics, from September 10-13, 2020. We're very fortunate to have a terrific line-up of panels this year, enough for a full mini-conference of presentations on Taiwanese politics.
In addition, we encourage all CGOTS members to attend the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies Business Meeting, Saturday, September 12, from 7:00-8:00pm (MDT). All panels and the Business Meeting will take place in the virtual meeting room, and are open to all conference attendees.
Panel 1: Politics of Immigration and Progressive Issues in Taiwan
Thu, Sep.10, 8:00 to 9:30am (MDT) [7:00-8:30am (PDT); 9:00-10:30am (CDT); 10:00-11:30am (EDT)]
Thu, Sep.10, 10:00-11:30pm (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Shelley Rigger, Davidson College
Discussants: Wei-Ting Yen, Franklin and Marshall College
Panel 2: New Perspectives on the Elections and Voting: The Case of Taiwan
Thu, Sep.10, 10:00 to 11:30am (MDT) [9:00-10:30am (PDT); 11:00am-12:30pm (CDT); 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)]
Fri, Sep.11, 12:00-1:30am (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Christopher Achen, Princeton University
Discussants: Lu-Chung Dennis Weng, Sam Houston State University
Panel 3: Emerging Issues and Puzzles in Taiwanese Politics
Fri, Sep.11, 8:00 to 9:30am (MDT) [7:00-8:30am (PDT); 9:00-10:30am (CDT); 10:00-11:30am (EDT)]
Fri, Sep.11, 10:00-11:30pm (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Pei-te Lien, University of California, Santa Barbara
Discussants: Ching-Hsing Wang, National Cheng Kung University
Panel 4: Public Policy and Legislative Studies in Taiwan
Fri, Sep.11, 10:00 to 11:30am (MDT) [9:00-10:30am (PDT); 11:00am-12:30pm (CDT); 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)]
Sat, Sep.12, 12:00-1:30am (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Karl Ho, University of Texas, Dallas
Discussants: Fang-Yu Chen, Michigan State University; Nick Lin, Academia Sinica
Panel 5: Polarization and National Identity: The 2020 General Elections in Taiwan
Sat, Sep.12, 8:00 to 9:30am (MDT) [7:00-8:30am (PDT); 9:00-10:30am (CDT); 10:00-11:30am (EDT)]
Sat, Sep.12, 10:00-11:30pm (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Yao-Yuan Yeh, University of St. Thomas
Discussants: Austin Horng-En Wang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Kharis Templeman, Stanford University
Pane 6: Social Media and its Political Impact in the Contemporary Taiwan
Sat, Sep.12, 10:00 to 11:30am (MDT) [9:00-10:30am (PDT); 11:00am-12:30pm (CDT); 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)]
Sun, Sep.13, 12:00-1:30am (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Chung-li Wu, Academia Sinica
Discussants: Yi-Chun Chien, National Chengchi University
Conference Group on Taiwan Studies Business Meeting
Sat, September 12, 7 to 8pm (MDT) [6-7pm (PDT); 8am-9pm (CDT); 9-10pm (EDT)]
Sun, September 13, 9-10am (Taipei, GMT+8)
Please contact Yao-Yuan Yeh at email@example.com if you would like to acquire the meeting link.
Panel 7: Changes and Trends in Cross-Strait Relations between Taiwan and China
Sun, Sep. 13, 8:00 to 9:30am (MDT) [7:00-8:30am (PDT); 9:00-10:30am (CDT); 10:00-11:30am (EDT)]
Sun, Sep.13, 10:00-11:30pm (Taipei, GMT+8)
Chair: Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas
Discussants: Jason Kuo, National Taiwan University; Charles Chong-Han Wu, National Chengchi University
The Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) call for papers is up for the 2020 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), to be held September 10 – September 13, 2020, in San Francisco, CA. The APSA conference theme is "Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization." Our official Related Group call for papers is posted below; it's also available in pdf format here.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 .
2020 American Political Science Association
Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS)
Call for Papers
The 2020 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from September 10-13, 2020, in San Francisco, CA. The conference theme is “Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization.”
CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics, cross-Strait issues, and international relations that are consistent with the theme of “Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization.”
In the United States, democratic institutions are generally thought of as bulwarks against manifold threats, both inside and outside of the American polity. Indeed, the assumption has been that our nation’s constitution is solid and prescient enough to thwart—or at the least contain—the more authoritarian impulses of citizens and elected officials alike. Donald J. Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States in 2016 has dramatically called into question this working assumption. Yet President Trump’s ascendance to executive power is more epilogue than prologue to the inclusivity of American democracy. In the decades leading to Trump’s momentous election, there were already countless signs of democracy displaying illiberal tendencies in the United States. For example, the Supreme Court’s abandonment of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has made it possible for states to suppress the ability of citizens of color to register and vote. The practice of gerrymandering continues to enable one political party to maintain control of state legislatures and congressional delegations, regardless of the intensity of their electoral support. Doubts have been raised anew about birthright citizenship, which was first established through the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to formally incorporate Black Americans into the body politic.
The United States is not alone in peering down this deep dark well. Brazilians have ushered in President Jair Bolsonaro, who openly disdains democratic principles. Poland’s citizens have been witness to their conservative party attempting a dismantling of the judiciary and separation of powers. In Egypt, repression and authoritarian control has tightened substantially under the political control of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Hong Kong’s emerging democracy has stalled, though signs of democratic resistance emerged in summer 2019.
For the 2020 Annual Meeting, we encourage participants to consider questions about “Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization” in Taiwan, especially those that speak to the strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy under the theme perspective, and to various domestic and international issues related to threats imposed by the Chinese authoritarian regime. The next presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan will be held on January 11, 2020. It is perfect timing to investigate the existing and emerging problems facing Taiwan’s democratic rules and practices. We encourage scholars to raise and study the following questions under the Taiwan context, including how citizens react to democratic threats in Taiwan; who, within democratic publics, endorses illiberal tactics and practices in Taiwan; who, within mass publics, staffs the barricades against democratic threats in Taiwan; when individuals perceive a threat to their position within a democracy and how they respond politically in Taiwan; where, across the globe, mass publics best reconcile capitalism with support for democratic institutions; where, in the world, we see people agitating to gain or maintain rights; and why some individuals interpret demographic changes as threats to their rights, rather than a plus for democratic governance in Taiwan.
We also welcome proposals that utilize innovative approaches to understand how Taiwan positions itself under the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the ongoing U.S.-China trade frictions. Research investigating the dynamics of the U.S.-Taiwan-China relations, the influences of China on Taiwan’s domestic and international politics, the impact of the U.S.-China trade frictions on Taiwan’s outward and inward trade and investment patterns, the potential changes between the cross-Strait relations as a result of the 2020 general elections, and the public perception on Taiwan’s foreign policy is highly desirable. These questions help the political science academe to better understand Taiwan under the global context and raise Taiwan’s international visibility.
Please send proposals to APSA: (http://community.apsanet.org/annualmeeting/call/papers)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yao-Yuan Yeh (firstname.lastname@example.org), CGOTS Coordinator. Travel support for CGOTS panelists is subject to the availability of external funding.
Cross-posting this from here. CGOTS held a full day of events during APSA 2019 in Washington, DC. Keep an eye out for our call for papers for the next annual meeting in San Francisco, Sept. 13-20, 2020.
The Conference Group on Taiwan Studies is a Related Group of the American Political Science Association. For this year's annual conference in Washington, DC, CGOTS is sponsoring a full day of five (yes, five!) special panels on Taiwanese politics, all on Friday, August 30, from 8:00am-5:30pm. We're very fortunate to have a terrific line-up of panels this year, enough for a full mini-conference of presentations on Taiwanese politics.
In addition, we encourage all CGOTS members to attend the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies Business Meeting, Friday, August 30, from 6:30-7:30pm. All panels and the Business Meeting will take place in the same location, the Washington Hilton, Fairchild East Room, and are open to all conference attendees.
The full line-up of panels and presentations is listed below. The 2019 CGOTS Schedule at APSA8:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Friday, August 30. 2019 (Washington Hilton, Fairchild East)
Panel Title: Reunderstanding Cross-Strait Relations: The Status Quo? The One-China Policy?
Chair: Robert Sutter, George Washington University
Discussants: Scott Kastner, the University of Maryland and Kuen-Da Lin, Georgia Institute of Technology
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Friday, August 30. 2019 (Washington Hilton, Fairchild East)
Panel Title: New Theories and New Evidence: Studies of Turnout and Election in Taiwan
Chair: Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas
Discussants: Timothy S. Rich, Western Kentucky University and Nick Lin, Academia Sinica
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Friday, August 30. 2019 (Washington Hilton, Fairchild East)
Panel Title: Public Opinion Research in Taiwan: Old Topics and New Angles
Chair: Da-Chi Liao, National Sun Yat-sen University
Discussants: Lu-Chung Dennis Weng, Sam Houston State University and Ching-Hsing Wang, National Cheng Kung University
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Friday, August 30. 2019 (Washington Hilton, Fairchild East)
Panel Title: Legislative Politics and Emerging Social Issues in Taiwan
Chair: David An, Catholic University of America/Global Taiwan Institute
Discussants: Wei-ting Yen, Franklin and Marshall College and Fang-Yu Chen, Michigan State University
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Friday, August 30. 2019 (Washington Hilton, Fairchild East)
Panel Title: Social Media, Big Data Analysis, and Electoral Politics in Taiwan
Chair: Christopher H. Achen, Princeton University
Discussants: Eric Chen-hua Yu, National Chengchi University and T.Y. Wang, Illinois State University
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Friday, August 30. 2019 (Washington Hilton, Fairchild East)
Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) Business Meeting
Early days yet, but since we have it already we'll put it up here. The Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) call for papers is up for the 2019 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), to be held August 29-September 1 in Washington, DC. The APSA conference theme is "Populism and Privilege." Our official Related Group call for papers is reposted below; it's also available in pdf format here.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 15 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
2019 American Political Science Association
Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS)
Call for Papers
The 2019 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from August 29 to September 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. The conference theme is “Populism and Privilege”
CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics, cross-Strait issues, and international relations that are consistent with the theme of “Populism and Privilege.”
No recent political development has been more striking than the rise to power of self-identified populist movements around the globe, whose main unifying trait is their claim to champion “the people” against entrenched selfish “elites.” These movements display differences that have sparked debates over which, if any, should be called “populist”; how they compare with past “populisms”; and what “populism” is. The current partisans, often labeled populist, have more often been on the right than the left, including anti-immigrant, anti-globalization, ardently nationalist parties such as Fidesz in Hungary; the Law and Justice Party in Poland; and the Trump Republicans in the United States. Until recently, however, left-wing populist movements were ascendant in Latin America. In fact, they remain important there and in other regions, something suggested by support for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 American primaries. Some positions increasingly labeled as populist, such as the ruling regime across the Strait, the Chinese nationalism of Xi Jinping, represents forms of state capitalism that are harder to identify on either the left or right. Indeed, modern “populist” movements have a wide variety of economic agendas, even as most push against the leading institutions of the global economic order, such as the IMF, the World Bank, and multilateral trade agreements. Some, such as in Erdogan’s Turkey and Mohdi’s India, are stridently religious; others, like the anti-immigrant populisms in Europe and the United States, often feature racial and cultural themes.
When comparing Taiwan to other established or even newly established democracies, the level of populism in Taiwan is considerably mild. But the 2014 Sunflower Students Movement and other social movements such as the one against the revision of labor rights law during Tsai Ing-wen’s early administration, are signs of the rise of populism. For the 2019 Annual Meeting, we encourage participants to consider questions about “Populism and Privilege” in Taiwan, especially those that speak to the strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy under the theme perspective, and to various domestic and international issues related to threats imposed by the Chinese populist regime. These topics could include research about the emergence of populist movements among citizens through studies of public opinion and social media, the relations between political parties and their strategies during electoral campaigns, changing of social issues and policies on immigration, trade, labor rights, and minorities after DPP regained power in 2016, and the dynamics of ideological shifts within more than two decades of Taiwan’s democracy. The next general local election in Taiwan is scheduled in December, 2018. How will the electoral outcome change the landscape of Taiwan’s political composition, and how will the existing social issues, such as rising inequality, stagnant wages, and an aging society be managed? How will the issues related to social justice and gaps between elites and commons play a role in this election, and how these issues will be altered after the election?
We would also especially welcome proposals that utilize innovative approaches to understand how China factor influences Taiwan’s politics, cross-Strait relations, and Taiwan’s role in the global society. How would and will the ongoing trade war between China and the United States affect the role of Taiwan in the current US-China relations? How would and will the changing dynamics of the relations between North Korea and the United States influence Taiwan through the perspective of global and East Asian regional security? How would and will the power/party alternation from Ma Ying-jeou (KMT) to Tsai Ing-wen (DPP) alter the cross-Strait relations? What is the impact of Tsai’s New Southbound Policy on Taiwan’s economic performance and what will be the future direction of it? Other related proposals aim to address Taiwan’s international status and the US-Taiwan relations are strongly encouraged as they provide profound implications to policymakers in both Taiwan and the United States.
Please send proposals to APSA: (https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/apsa/apsa19/)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yao-Yuan Yeh (email@example.com), CGOTS Coordinator. Travel support for CGOTS panelists is subject to the availability of external funding.
At the 2018 annual APSA meeting, the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies membership endorsed a new leadership team for the coming year.
The new Coordinator of CGOTS is Yao-Yuan Yeh 葉耀元 (Ph.D. Texas A&M, 2014).
Dr. Yeh is currently an assistant professor in the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He previous taught in political science department at UC Merced.
His research focuses on political attitudes in authoritarian countries, political violence, and Taiwanese and Chinese studies, and his teaching interests include international studies, comparative politics, and research methods. His work has appeared at Social Science Quarterly, China Quarterly, Terrorism and Political Violence, and British Journal of Political Science.
The new Deputy North American Coordinator is Dennis Lu-cheng Weng 翁履中 (Ph.D. University of Texas at Dallas, 2014).
Dr. Weng is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Prior to joining SHSU, he taught at Wesleyan University and SUNY-Cortland.
Dr. Weng’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of comparative politics, Asian Politics, political behavior, and survey research. His articles have appeared in Electoral Studies, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, Asian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and several news media outlets in Asia.
The new Deputy Taiwan Coordinator is Shiau-chi Shen 沈筱綺 (Ph.D. Columbia University, 2013).
Dr. Shen is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at National Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan. She previously taught at National Tsing-hua University in Hsinchu.
Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of comparative politics, public opinion, national identity, and political participation.
This year's American Political Science Association annual conference will take place in Boston, MA, from Thursday, August 30 to Sunday, September 2, at the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay neighborhood.
We encourage all APSA attendees to drop by the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies reception, Thursday, August 30, from 7:30-9:00pm in Marriott Salon K. Free (!!!) drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
All CGOTS members are also invited to attend our annual business meeting, to be held right before the reception from 6:30-7:30, next door in Marriott Salon J. We'll go over budget and membership numbers and nominate the new CGOTS leadership team.
Please also check out the three official CGOTS panels, as well as other Taiwan-related presentations at the conference; details can be found here.
The Conference Group on Taiwan Studies is a special Related Group of the American Political Science Association. For this year's annual APSA conference in Boston, CGOTS is hosting three panels, a business meeting, and a reception. All are open to registered conference participants. Details can be found below, and will be updated as the conference approaches.
Thursday, August 30
2:00-3:30pm, Sheraton, Beacon H
CGOTS Panel I. Support for Democracy in Taiwan
Chair: Howard Sanborn, Virginia Military Institute
1. "Does Inequality Hurt Democracies?: Evidence from East Asian Democracies,"
Yi-tzu Lin, University of South Carolina
2. "Polarization Perception and Support for Democracy: The Case of Taiwan,"
Yi-ching Hsiao, Tamkang University; Eric Chen-hua Yu, National Chengchi University
3. "Political Trust and Civil Disobedience: Evidence from Taiwan,"
Tzong-Jyi Lin, Tamkang University
Yi-ching Hsiao, Tamang University
Yi-Bin Chang, Tamkang University
Ching-Hsing Wang, University of Houston
Dennis Lu-cheng Weng, Sam Houston State University
4. "The Dilemma of Democratic Governance in a Divided Society: The Case of Taiwan,"
John Fuh-sheng Hsieh, University of South Carolina
Discussants: Wei-ting Yen, Ohio State University; Howard Sanborn, Virginia Military Institute
4:00-5:30pm, Marriott, Brandeis
CGOTS Panel II. Taiwan Security and Foreign Policy
Chair: Yao-yuan Yeh, University of St. Thomas
1. "Donald Trump's Global Leadership in Asia,"
Chung-li Wu, Academia Sinica; Ching-ching Chang, National Chengchi University
2. "Taiwan and China in the U.S. Congressional Legislation: Who Supports It and Why?"
Kuang-shun Yang, Arizona State University
3. "The Elephant and the Little Dragon: Prospects of India-Taiwan Relations,"
Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, Ithaca College
4. "Will Democracy Identity Strengthen Defense Commitment?: Taiwan as a Case,"
Szu-chien Hsu, Academia Sinica; Shiau-chi Shen, Soochow University
Discussants: Chien-kai Chen, Rhodes College; Shelley Rigger, Davidson College
6:30-7:30pm, Marriott, Salon J
CGOTS Business Meeting
7:30-9:00pm, Marriott, Salon K
Friday, August 31
8:00-9:30am, Marriott, Regis
CGOTS Panel III. Courts and Parties in Taiwan
Chair: Da-chi Liao, National Sun Yat-sen University
1. "Partisan Network and Sustainability of Party System in Taiwan: A Network Analysis,"
Karl Ho, University of Texas, Dallas
Lauren Ratliff Santoro, University of Texas, Dallas
Kuan-chen Lee, Center for East Asia Democratic Studies
2. "Party Image and Electoral Behavior in Taiwan,"
T.Y. Wang, Illinois State University
Su-feng Cheng, National Chengchi University
3. "Reexamining the Role of the Constitutional Court in Taiwan’s Democratization,"
Chin-shou Wang, National Cheng Kung University
Yu-hsien Sung, University of South Carolina
4. "The Effect of Democratization on Constitutional Norms,"
Jason Kuo, University of California, San Diego
Wei-Chih Chen, Rutgers University
Discussants: Jinhyeok Jang, National Sun Yat-sen University; Hans J. Stockton, University of St. Thomas
Dynastic Politics and Democratic Discontent
"Do Ordinary People Dislike Dynastic Politicians?: Evidence from Taiwan"
Nathan F. Batto, Academia Sinica
Ying-lung Chou, Tamkang University
Beyond Audience Costs: Signaling in International Security
"Certain Uncertainty: Arms Transfers and Strategic Ambiguity in the Taiwan Strait,"
Jennifer Spindel, University of Minnesota
Clientelism in New Democracies
"Democratic Linkage-Building in East Asian Democracies"
Eric C.C. Chang, Michigan State University
Saturday, September 1
The Science of Empires: Non-Western Colonialisms in Comparative Perspective
"What Time is it There?: Formosa's Historical Status in Chinese Colonial Discourse,"
Leigh K. Jenko, London School of Economics
Nuclear Stratey in Asia
“Nuclear Deterrence Theory in Asia: Ideational Beliefs and Nuclear Strategy”
James Turner Simpson, Boston University
Mixed Methods Research in the Developing World
"Analysis of Tsai Ing-wen’s Campaign through a Gender Lens"
Young-Im Lee, California State University, Sacramento
Chinese Foreign Policy in a New Era: Concepts, Measures, and Empirical Evidence
"Accommodation in the Shadow of Hierarchy: Which Countries Welcome China's Rise?"
Scott Kastner, University of Maryland
Extended Security Commitments and Power Projection
"Alliances and Escalation in the Nuclear Age"
Caitlin Talmadge, George Washington University
Chinese and American Grand Strategies: Implications for National Security
"Should the United States Compete or Cooperate in Response to China's Rise?"
Charles L. Glaser, George Washington University
The Use, and Sometimes Failure, of Economic Sanctions
"A Rusty but Provocative Knife?: The Rationale behind China's Sanction Usage"
Weihao Huang, Rutgers University
Perceptions of China
"Measuring and Explaining Threat Perception toward China: Evidence from Taiwan"
Ronan Tse-min Fu, University of Southern California
Migration Governance in Colonial, Postcolonial, and Developing States
"Citizenship, Immigration, and the Developmental Migration State in East Asia"
Erin Aeran Chung, Johns Hopkins University
Yunchun Tien, Johns Hopkins University
Nationalism and Status in World Politics
"Who Bargains?: Status, Nationalism, and the Politics of Compromise"
George Yin, Harvard University
Sunday, September 2
Policy Choices and Regime Survival in Dictatorships
"Infrastructural Capacity and Regime Transition: Evidence from Kuomintang"
Peng Hu, Fudan University
Methods for Public Opinion Data
"A Bayesian Bivariate Ordered Probit Analysis of Attitudes towards Immigration"
Tsung-han Tsai, National Chengchi University
Chi Huang, National Chengchi University
Chia-hung Tsai, National Chengchi University
The Dynamics of Extended Nuclear Deterrence: New Theories and Evidence
"When Nuclear Umbrellas Work: Signaling Credibility in Security Commitments"
Neil Narang, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Conference Group on Taiwan Studies new website is live! Our first announcement is our call for paper proposals for the 2018 American Political Science Association Annual Conference, to be held in Boston, MA, August 30-Sept 2, 2018. The deadline for submission is January 16, 2018. Please see below for details.
As a Related Group, CGOTS has a separate review process for our limited panel allotment. To maximize the number of Taiwan-related papers across the annual conference, we encourage applicants to submit their paper proposals to another division first, and to list CGOTS as your second choice division; we will look especially favorably during our review on proposals that have not been accepted at other Divisions or Related Groups and have been transferred to us.
Conference Group on Taiwan Studies Call for Papers
The 2018 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from August 30 to September 2, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference theme is “Democracy and Its Discontents.”
CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics and cross-Strait and international relations that are consistent with the theme of “Democracy and Its Discontents.”
These are challenging times for democracy around the world. In many established democracies, the aftermath of the 2008 and the 2011 economic crises is opening up new spaces for new challengers and popular grievances. The complex relationship between national systems of rule and a global economy is leading to greater tensions both within democracies and between them. Existing rules and party systems are under strain as new cleavages emerge, with populism, nativism, and illiberalism all jostling for popular support, as well as new experiments in representation. Developed democratic systems are experiencing greater discontent among voters. Global flows of people, capital, and investment undermine national identities and institutional arrangements. At the same time, there are challenges to the legitimacy of international institutions that are seen as limiting economic and democratic choices.
For the 2018 Annual Meeting, we encourage participants to consider questions about “Democracy and Its Discontents” in Taiwan, especially those that speak to the strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy, its political transformation in recent decades, and the domestic and factors that continue to influence its politics. These could include questions about shifts in Taiwanese public opinion: has it become less polarized, for instance, on questions of national identity and cross-Strait relations, and how do those differences relate to age, gender, and socioeconomic status? Do Taiwanese citizens by and large still support democratic ideals, and are they happy with how democracy is working? Taiwan’s domestic political economy is another topic with comparative relevance: for instance, what are the causes and consequences of rising inequality, stagnant wages, an aging society, and its shifting place in international economic relations? Taiwan has thus far been spared much of the illiberal populist backlash that has led to political upheaval in many other democracies, young as well as old: but why? For how long? With what consequences for Taiwan’s party system, its electoral politics, and the quality of its democracy? More concretely, was the increase in social mobilization that culminated in the Sunflower Movement in 2014 a backlash against broader forces of globalization, a narrower concern about cross-Strait relations and national identity, or some combination of the two?
We would also especially welcome proposals that consider in innovative ways the evolution of the China factor in Taiwan’s politics. In what ways has the PRC’s influence changed over recent years? What have been the long-term consequences of its deepening economic ties to the island and the increasing exchanges of people and goods across the Taiwan Strait—particularly those occurring as a result of agreements signed during the Ma Ying-jeou era? Proposals might also address the abrupt changes in cross-Strait dialogue now that a DPP government is back in power and Beijing has given it the cold shoulder, or the other regional and international opportunities and challenges facing the Tsai administration, including relations with the new administration in the United States.
Please submit proposals to APSA: (https://connect.apsanet.org/apsa2018/) no later than January 16, 2018.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kharis Templeman (firstname.lastname@example.org), CGOTS Coordinator. Travel support for CGOTS panelists is subject to the availability of external funding.