The Center of Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford University, will hold a seminar on the “2012 Taiwan Elections: What Happened and Why” on January 24, ten days after the presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan. The talk will begin at 4pm at CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central, 2nd floor (616 Serra Street), Stanford University.
Professor Shelley Rigger of Davidson College, North Carolina, and Professor Eric Chen-hua Yu of National Chengchi University, Taiwan, will join the panel discussion of Democracy in Taiwan project to review the results and implications of the elections, both in Taiwan and with regard to the US and the world.
CDDRL has collaborated with scholars, policy makers and practitioners around the world to advance the collective knowledge on the links between democracy, sustainable economic development, human rights and the rule of laws.
The Democracy in Taiwan project is sponsored by CDDRL in interaction with Hoover Institution. From 2005, the program expands and institutionalizes activities on democratic politics and social changes and the regional and international challenges confronting democracy in Taiwan, including the issues of cross-Strait relations with China.
Professor Shelley Rigger is the author of two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics, Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2001). In 2011 she published Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, a book for general readers. She has published articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics, the national identity issue in Taiwan-China relations and related topics. Her current research studies the effects of cross-strait economic interactions on Taiwan and Mainland China.
Professor Eric Yu has been a research fellow and program manager of CDDRL at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies since 2006. His research interests include public opinion, electoral politics, quantitative methods, and American politics. He also participates in a number of joint survey projects such as Taiwan Election and Democratization Studies (TEDS) and World Value Survey. Yu recently published academic articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics in Taiwan Political Science Review, Journal of Electoral Studies, Review of Social Sciences, and Japanese Journal of Electoral Studies.
If you are interested in attending the talk, please RSVP at http://cddrl.stanford.edu/events/the_2012_taiwan_elections_what_happened_and_why/.