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Volume #18, Number #2

Published in December, 2014

Elections and voting behavior have been enduring subjects in studying democracies.  Electoral stability and volatility not only shape the faith of individual political parties, but also the evolution of the party system as a whole. Hence topics related to party support and voting choices, both methodological and substantive, have attracted attention from scholars around the world.

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Chi Huang, Ming-feng Kuo, Ding-ming Wang

To assess interparty completion in democratic politics, Dalton (2008) constructed the “party polarization index” based on a left-right ideology. The partisan divide between the pan-Blue and pan-Green camps in Taiwan has been sharp and acute since the 1990s.  This observed reality contradicts the stable and modest prediction based on Dalton’s index. To explain the difference, it is hypothesized...

Yi-ching Hsiao, Su-feng Cheng

In this article we apply Rodrik’s (2011) theoretical framework of “The Political Trilemma of the World Economy” to investigate whether Garrett’s (1998) finding about the OECD countries’ experience of globalization can still hold in Taiwan. We find that Taiwan’s globalization process is different from that in the OECD countries. After the collapse of the Bretton Woods System, in “The Trilemma”...

Alex Chienwu Hsueh, Chienwen Lin

Will climate change lead to militarily severe civil conflicts? In recent years climate change and civil conflict scholars have extended their discussions to whether or not climate change increases civil war onset and a general consensus has been reached. However, it is still not clear if climate change (such as temperature and rainfall fluctuations) also leads to bloodier results if civil...

Wen-yang Chang

For ordinary citizens, political knowledge serves as a prerequisite for meaningful political participation. Thus, types of political knowledge that are easy to know and easily learned over time among voters are of particular importance to those who long for an informed citizenry. Three research questions are asked. The first is whether or not a specific type of political knowledge is easily...

Albert Shih-yi Chiu