rational choice

Examining the Relationships between Personality Traits and Political Participation Using the Rational Choice Framework

This study incorporates the Big Five personality traits into the rational choice theory to explain individual political participation. It argues that three factors in the rational choice framework – selfefficacy belief, perceived benefits and civic duty – play a pivotal role in mediating the relationships between personality traits and political participation. In accordance with previous research, this study finds that extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience exhibit  significant direct impacts on political participation.

Romance and Bread: A Preliminary Study of the Identity Change in Taiwan

The conflict of national identities has surfaced as the most salient issue in Taiwan’s politics since the country became a full-fledged democracy in the late 1980’s. The studies on nationalism in Taiwan have also been mushrooming in the recent years. Many previous studies have found a steady trend of identity change in the past decade among the general populace: the rise of Taiwanese identity with the decline of Chinese identity.

Between Principle and Pragmatism:The Unification-Independence Choice of the Taiwanese People

The position of the Taiwanese people over unification-independence
issue assumes enormous practical importance and at the same time attracts
numerous scholarly debates. The primary concern of these debates is
how to clarify the issue entangled with “principles” and “pragmatism”
and then uncover the genuine preferences of the Taiwanese people. For
the purpose, lots of measurements have been developed and evaluated.
The focus of the paper is those who prefer “status-quo” in the traditional

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