TALK: Measuring and Explaining the Impact of New Parties in Taiwan’s Party System

Event Date: 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Lane Room Ellison Hall
Speaker:

Dafydd Fell / The Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies), University of London

 

Tuesday, April 16 / 4:00 PM

Lane Room, Ellison Hall

 

Description:

Since the lifting of martial law in 1987, two political parties, the Kuomintang and Democratic Progressive Party, have dominated Taiwan’s party system. The party system has been much more stable than many other Asian democracies, such as South Korea or Japan. However there have been periods in which other challenger parties have won significant numbers of parliamentary seats and affected the political agenda. In this paper I assess the impact of these new parties on the party system and offer some explanations for their electoral success and failures. In a previous study I examined new parties in Taiwan between 1987 and 2004, thus this paper focuses on more recent developments since 2004.

 

Co-sponsored by Center for Taiwan Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, and Department of Political Science, UCSB.

 

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TALK: Measuring and Explaining the Impact of New Parties in Taiwan’s Party System