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Disenchantment in Taiwan


Harrison, M, Disenchantment in Taiwan, Power, The Australian Centre on China in the World and ANU Press, J Golley, L Jaivin, PJ Farrelly and S Strange (ed), Canberra, pp. 173-178. ISBN 9781760462802 (2019) [Other Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.22459/CSY.2019


WHEN TAIWAN’S President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in a landslide election victory in January 2016, her supporters viewed her victory as expressing a truth about Taiwan being a progressive society. Tsai campaigned in support of indigenous reconciliation, same-sex marriage, and social equality. She had addressed her campaign rhetoric at Taiwan’s young people and spoken of economic opportunities in a globalised economy. Tsai’s win also went against the tide of right-wing populism that has beset many democratic polities. For her supporters, especially young urban professionals, Tsai’s win signalled the indelible commitment within Taiwanese society to social progress and to coming to terms with Taiwan’s authoritarian past through openness and dialogue.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Taiwan China politics parties
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Harrison, M (Dr Mark Harrison)
ID Code:131946
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-04-13
Last Modified:2019-04-15

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