Wednesday, 10 December 2008

歡迎參加倫敦亞非學院 台灣現代政治新書發表會‏

倫敦大學亞非學院台灣研究中心舉辦台灣現代政治新書發表會

Friday December 12: 09.30-14.00 Room 101/102 (21-22 Russell Square)

Taiwan Politics Revisited: Book Launch/Conference for Politics of Modern Taiwan 4 Volume Collection

Stephane Corcuff (Lyon), Dafydd Fell (SOAS), Christian Goebel (Duisburg)
Gary Rawnsley (Leeds), Ming Yeh Rawnsley (Leeds),

To register please email Dafydd Fell at df2@soas.ac.uk
The four volume collection Modern Politics of Taiwan (Routledge, 2008) includes 63 of the most influential articles and book chapters on Taiwan politics that have been published over the last two decades. Although only English language published works are included in the collection, these include contributions from leading specialists on Taiwan politics based in Europe, the United States and Taiwan.

Conference Agenda:
09.30-09.45 Welcome and introductory remarks Ray Mou (Taiwan Representative Office,
Deputy Representative
Dafydd Fell (collection editor)

09.45-11.15 Taiwan’s New Mainlanders New Taiwanese? Stephane Corcuff (Lyon)
Beheading the Hydra: Combating Political
Corruption and Organised Crime in the KMT
and DPP Eras Christian Goebel (Duisburg)

11.15-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Democratisation and election campaigning in
Taiwan: professionalizing the professionals Gary Rawnsley (Leeds) & Ming
Yeh Rawnsley (Leeds)
Measuring and Explaining Party Change in
Taiwan Dafydd Fell (SOAS)

13.00-14.00 Lunch and wine reception


The volumes in this collection focus on the three broad areas that have received the greatest attention from political scientists working on Taiwan, namely, (1) national identity and nationalism, (2) democratization and democratic governance, and (3) domestic political competition. The first volume includes articles examining what most political analysts agree "is the dominant cleavage underpinning Taiwan's party structure," namely national identity. The development and measurement of competing national identities, along with the symbolic dimensions of identity politics are discussed. The second volume contains a collection of writings on the critical political process that most distinguishes Taiwan from China, namely democratization. The articles reveal the competing explanations for Taiwan's democratic transition and assessments over its degree of democratic consolidation. The third volume addresses the critical question of "does democracy work?" In other words, it looks at the practical policy implications of democratic governance. The final volume gathers together papers looking at the operation of domestic politics on Taiwan. Key themes include the development of multi-party politics and the quite distinct patterns of politics at the grassroots level.

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