Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-Yi Lee, eds., A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations
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This edited volume includes nine chapters with contributions by 12 authors. The project was carried out in the wake of the elections in January 2016 in Taiwan when the ruling Nationalist Party of China (KMT) lost control of both the presidency and the legislature, which seems to suggest that the KMT’s winning coalition and a China-friendly policy have collapsed. This volume was designed to be the first to evaluate the changing political and social landscape in Taiwan leading to the 2016 elections. As the book title indicates, several contributing authors have come to believe that with the electoral victories of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its party chairwoman, Ms. Tsai Ing-wen, taking over the presidency, Taiwan’s domestic politics and foreign policy have entered a new era.
By analyzing the public opinion data, Nathan F. Batto, in Chapter 2, identifies trends in the Taiwan electorate that suggest significant changes in the composition of political attitudes. Batto...