Written by Mei-Chuan Wei. The term ‘Dissertation Gate’ has been used by the media and general public to highlight an issue which marked the 2022 local election campaign in Taiwan. It refers to the phenomenon unseen before the mayoral by-election of Kaohsiung City in 2020, when the candidate of the Kuomintang (the KMT) Mei-jhen Li (李眉蓁) was fiercely criticised for plagiarism in her Master’s dissertation. Li publicly apologised for her plagiarism after the university from which she obtained her Master’s decided to revoke her degree. Whether or not plagiarism was the major factor contributing to Li’s failure in the election remains to be proved. Yet negative campaign strategies focusing on candidates’ dissertations, specifically plagiarism, have become increasingly popular among almost all parties since then.
Written by Yu-tzung Chang. What is more worrisome is that the majority of candidates in this local election have adopted a negative campaign strategy and have not put forward specific policy proposals, which may lead to more confrontation in society in the future. Political polarization has produced a crisis of democracy in Western countries. Traditional political polarization is being replaced by affective polarization, in which partisans are hostile to supporters of other parties and regard them as the main enemy. Taiwan is no exception to these developments. This will have a potentially negative effect on the development of Taiwan’s democracy.
Written by Yu-Hua Chen. Taiwan completed its nine-in-one local election on 24 November 2018, which ended up with a historical defeat of the ruling Democratic
Written by Dongtao Qi. The results of Taiwan’s 2018 nine-in-one local elections surprised many observers. Surely many of them had been anticipating the DPP’s loss
Written by Ian Inkster, Mark Wenyi Lai and Victoria Hsin Hsin Chang. Identity Politics in the International Context The global thesis is that industrial democracies
Written by Ian Inkster, Mark Wenyi Lai and Victoria Hsin Hsin Chang. The academic commentaries now hitting the scene in the Taiwanese newspapers and social
Written by John Copper. On November 24, 2018, Taiwan held its mid-term election or what was better known as its “Nine-in-One Election.” Voters went to
Written by Lauren Dickey. On Saturday, 24 November, the people of Taiwan went to the polls to vote for over 11,000 local-level officials and voice
Written by Bruce Jacobs. The dramatic DPP defeat in the last local elections has surprised everyone on both sides of politics. The elections were very
Written by Dafydd Fell. Four years ago on the eve of the last round of local elections in Taiwan I wrote a piece looking at
Written by Mark Wenyi Lai. Taiwanese local election of 2018 is seen as the midterm election of Tsai Ing-wen’s first Presidency. The incumbent Democratic Progressive
Written by Michael A. Turton. In the local media and among election observers, the story of this election has been the meteoric rise of Han