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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Dafydd Fell

BA (Leeds) PhD (London)

Overview

Dafydd Fell
Department of Politics and International Studies

Reader in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies

Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science

APCSS Coordinating Committee Member

Name:
Dr Dafydd Fell
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4206
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
201
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 2- 4

Biography

Dafydd Fell’s interest in Taiwanese politics began after a year as a language in Taipei in the late 1980s. After graduating from a degree in Chinese Studies he spent most of the 1990s working in Taiwan in the education, broadcasting, tourism, agricultural and sports management sectors. Being an eyewitness to Taiwan’s transition away from authoritarian rule has helped shape his subsequent research at SOAS. He joined the SOAS Politics Department as a PhD student in 1999 and has been teaching here since 2003.

Dafydd’s main research focus has been on Taiwan’s political parties and electoral politics. His first book, Party Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2005) examined party change in the first fifteen years of multi-party politics. He frequently visits Taiwan for fieldwork and election observing. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on Taiwan’s party system, new parties, party switching, candidate selection and how parties learn from electoral setbacks. His second book Government and Politics in Taiwan was published by Routledge in 2011. Over the last few years he has been working on a project on the politics of migration and has a forthcoming co-edited volume titled Migration to and from Taiwan (Routledge, 2014). His current research projects include looking at Taiwan’s Green Party, party switching and candidate selection within parties.

Dafydd has been active in developing the field of Taiwan studies at SOAS and beyond. He helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies in 2004 and was the Association’s Secretary General for eight years. At SOAS he has helped develop the world’s most extensive Taiwan Studies teaching and academic events programme.  

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Lili Liu , China's upper-middle class in environmental public participation and the emergence of environmental movement
  • Niki Alsford, Spirit of 1895: Two Communities, One Petition, and the Cession of Formosa to Japan

Research

Taiwanese Political Parties; Election Advertising; Social Welfare; Political Corruption; Public Opinion; Voting Behaviour; Gender Equality; Candidate Selection; Democratisation

Expertise

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Available for
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Taiwan
Languages
  • Chinese Cantonese

Publications

Authored Books

Fell, Dafydd (2011) Government and Politics in Taiwan. London: Routledge. (Routledge Research on Taiwan Series)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) Party Politics in Taiwan: Party Change and the Democratic Evolution of Taiwan, 1991-2004. Routledge.

Edited Books

Fell, Dafydd and Chiu, Kuei-fen and Lin, Ping, eds. (2013) Migration to and From Taiwan. London: Routledge. (Routledge Research on Taiwan Series)

Fell, Dafydd, ed. (2008) The Politics of Modern Taiwan. London: Routledge. (4 v. Critical Issues in Modern Politics)

Fell, Dafydd and Henning, Klöter and Chang, Bi-Yu, eds. (2006) What has Changed? Taiwan Before and After the Change in Ruling Parties. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Studia formosiana, vol. 4)

Book Chapters

Fell, Dafydd and Cheng , Isabelle and Tseng , Yu-chin (2013) 'The politics of the mainland spouses’ rights movement in Taiwan.' In: Fell, Dafydd and Chiu, Kuei-fen and Lin, Ping, (eds.), Migration to and From Taiwan. London: Routledge, pp. 205-226. (Routledge Research on Taiwan Series)

Fell, Dafydd and Chiu, Kuei-fen and Lin, Ping (2013) 'Migration to and from Taiwan: Identities, Politics and Belonging.' In: Fell, Dafydd and Chiu, Kuei-fen and Lin, Ping, (eds.), Migration to and From Taiwan. London: Routledge, pp. 1-11. (Routledge Research on Taiwan Series)

Fell, Dafydd (2013) 'Migration through the lens of political advertising: How Taiwanese parties discuss migration.' In: Fell, Dafydd and Chiu, Kuei-fen and Lin, Ping, (eds.), Migration to and From Taiwan. London: Routledge, pp. 125-134. (Routledge Research on Taiwan Series)

Fell, Dafydd (2011) 'Taiwan's Party System in Transition: More or Less Space for Identity Politics?' In: Schubert, Gunter and Damm, Jens, (eds.), Taiwanese Identity in the 21st Century: domestic, regional and global perspectives. London: Routledge.

Fell, Dafydd (2011) 'Polarization of Party Competition in the DPP Era.' In: Ash, Robert and Prime, Penny, (eds.), Taiwan’s Democracy and Future: Economic and Political Challenges. London: Routledge.

Fell, Dafydd (2011) 'Prospects for Taiwan and its Impact on Cross-Strait Relations.' In: Charting China's Future: Domestic and International Challenges. Routledge, pp. 140-148.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Taiwan listing.' In: Sagar, D. J., (ed.), Political Parties of the World, 7th Ed. John Harper Publishing.

Fell, Dafydd and Cheng, Isabelle (2009) 'Testing the market orientated model of political parties in a non-western context: The case of Taiwan.' In: Lees-Marshment, Jennifer and Rudd, Chris and Strömbäck, Jesper, (eds.), Global Political Marketing. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 175-188. (Routledge Research in Political Communication)

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Adapting to the new system: Taiwanese Political Parties’ legislative nomination in 2008 in Comparative Perspective.' In: Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, Volume 25. London: Cameron May, pp. 29-44.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Political Marketing in the Rise and Fall of Taiwan’s New Party.' In: Lees-Marshment, Jennifer, (ed.), Political Marketing: Principles and Applications. London & New York: Routledge.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Chen Shuibian.' In: Encyclopedia of Modern China. Gale.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Li Denghui (Lee Teng-Hui).' In: Encyclopedia of Modern China. Gale.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Taiwan, Republic of China: Democratic Progressive Party.' In: Encyclopedia of Modern China. Gale.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Taiwan, Republic of China: Politics since 1945.' In: Encyclopedia of Modern China. Gale.

Fell, Dafydd (2008) 'Party Competition in Taiwan: Towards a New Party System?' In: Goldstein, Steven and Chang, Julian, (eds.), Presidential Politics in Taiwan: The Administration of Chen Shui-bian. Norwalk, Conn: EastBridge, pp. 49-84.

Fell, Dafydd (2008) 'Still a Modern Democracy.' In: Oxford Business Group Taiwan Country Report. Oxford Business Group, pp. 16-17.

Fell, Dafydd (2008) 'The Role of SOAS in the Development of European Taiwan Studies.' In: Taiwan Studies in Global Perspectives. Santa Barbara, California, USA: Center of Taiwan Studies, UCSB, pp. 15-30.

Fell, Dafydd (2007) 'Putting on a Show and Electoral Fortunes in Taiwan's Multi-Party Elections.' In: Strauss, Julia and Cruise O'Brien, Donal, (eds.), Staging Politics: Power and Performance in Asia and Africa. London: IB Taurus, pp. 133-150.

Fell, Dafydd (2006) 'Change and Continuity in Taiwanese Party Politics since 2000.' In: Fell, Dafydd and Chang, Bi-Yu and Klöter, Henning, (eds.), What has Changed? Taiwan’s KMT and DPP Eras in Comparative Perspective. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Fell, Dafydd and Hui-chen, Weng (2006) 'The Rootless Movement: Taiwan’s Women’s Movement.' In: Fell, Dafydd and Chang, Bi-Yu and Klöter, Henning, (eds.), What has Changed? Taiwan’s KMT and DPP Eras in Comparative Perspective. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Articles

Fell, Dafydd (2014) 'Occupy Taiwan and the Red Shirts Movement.' Nottingham China Policy Institute Blog .

Fell, Dafydd (2014) 'Importance of social movements in Taiwan.' Taipei Times .

Fell, Dafydd (2014) 'Should I Stay or Should I Go? Patterns of Party Switching in Multiparty Taiwan.' Journal of East Asian Studies, 14 (1). pp. 31-52.

Fell, Dafydd and Sullivan, Jonathan and Sapir, Eliyahu (2013) 'Party Candidate Selection before and after the Change of Ruling Parties: A Study of the 2005 and 2009 Local Executive Elections in Taiwan.' Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 9 (2). pp. 55-77.

Fell, Dafydd (2013) 'The Nuclear Referendum issue in Taiwan.' University of Nottingham, China Policy Institute blog .

Fell, Dafydd (2013) 'Impact of Candidate Selection Systems on Election Results: Evidence from Taiwan before and after the Change in Electoral Systems.' The China Quarterly, 213 . pp. 152-171.

Fell, Dafydd (2012) 'Taiwan: Lessons from the Asian Orphan for Nagorno Karabakh?' Analyticon (3).

Fell, Dafydd (2012) '2012: Campaign Impressions.' Ballots and Bullets .

Fell, Dafydd (2012) 'The Politics of the Nuclear Referendum issue in Taiwan.' Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) .

Fell, Dafydd (2011) 'Prospects for the January Legislative elections.' Ballots and Bullets .

Fell, Dafydd (2011) 'The 2012 campaign: the story so far.' Taipei Times . p. 8.

Fell, Dafydd (2011) 'Election Season Returns to Taiwan: Prospects for Taiwan's National Elections in 2012.' Brookings Northeast Asia Commentary (47).

Fell, Dafydd (2010) 'How to achieve political consensus?' Taipei Times .

Fell, Dafydd (2010) 'Taiwan's Democracy: Towards a liberal democracy or authoritarianism?' Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2). pp. 187-201.

Fell, Dafydd (2010) 'Taiwan's electoral and party politics: Towards a one party or multi-party system?' Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) .

Fell, Dafydd (2010) 'Was 2005 A Critical Election in Taiwan? Locating the Start of a New Political Era.' Asian Survey, 50 (5). pp. 927-945.

Fell, Dafydd (2009) 'Lessons of Defeat:A Comparison of Taiwanese Ruling Parties’ Responses to Electoral Defeat.' Asian Politics and Policy, 1 (4). pp. 660-681.

Fell, Dafydd (2007) 'Prospects for Taiwan's Upcoming Presidential Election.' Brookings Northeast Asia Commentary (10).

Fell, Dafydd (2007) 'Democracy on the Rocks: Taiwan's Troubled Political System Since 2000.' Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 9 (1). pp. 21-25.

Fell, Dafydd (2007) 'Partisan Issue Competition in Contemporary Taiwan: Is Taiwan’s Democracy Dead?' Chinese History and Society, 32 . pp. 23-39.

Fell, Dafydd (2006) 'Democratisation of Candidate Selection in Taiwanese Political Parties.' Journal of Electoral Studies, 13 (2). pp. 167-198.

Fell, Dafydd (2006) 'The Rise and Decline of the New Party: Ideology, Resources and the Political Opportunity Structure.' East Asia: An International Quarterly, 23 (1). pp. 47-67.

Fell, Dafydd and Wu, Chung-li (2006) 'Inter-Party Competition in Taiwan: Two Decades of Change and Continuity.' East Asia, 23 (1). pp. 3-6.

Fell, Dafydd (2005) 'Political and Media Liberalization and Political Corruption in Taiwan.' The China Quarterly, 184 . pp. 875-893.

Fell, Dafydd (2005) 'Success and Failure of New Parties in Taiwanese Elections.' China: An International Journal, 3 (2). pp. 212-239.

Fell, Dafydd (2005) 'Measuring and Explaining Party Change in Taiwan: 1991-2004.' Journal of East Asian Studies, 5 (1). pp. 105-33.

Fell, Dafydd (2005) 'A Welcome Antidote to National Identity and Cross-Strait Fatigue.' Issues and Studies. An International Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs, 41 (4). pp. 256-263.

Fell, Dafydd (2005) 'Democratisation, Liberalisation, and Political Corruption in Taiwan.' The China Quarterly, 184 . pp. 875-893.

Fell, Dafydd (2004) 'Measurement of Party Position and Party Competition in Taiwan.' Issues and Studies. An International Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs, 40 (3/4). pp. 101-136.

Fell, Dafydd and Chang, Bi-Yu (2004) 'Taiwan’s KMT and DPP Eras: A Comparison [Special Edition].' China Perspectives (56). p. 2.

Fell, Dafydd (2004) 'Inter-Party Competition in Taiwan since the 1990s.' China Perspectives (56). pp. 3-13.

Fell, Dafydd (2002) 'Party Platform Change in Taiwan's 1990s Elections.' Issues and Studies. An International Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs, 38 (2). pp. 31-60.

Fell, Dafydd (2001) 'The Evolution and Role of Campaign Issues in Taiwan's 1990s Elections.' Asian Journal of Political Science, 9 (1). pp. 81-93.

Wu, Chung-li and Fell, Dafydd (2001) 'Taiwan's Party Primaries in Comparative Perspective.' Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2 (1). pp. 23-45.

Conference or Workshop Items

Fell, Dafydd (2010) Taiwanese Parties’ Candidate selection in the Aftermath of Electoral Reform: Case of the 2009 Local Executive Elections. In: 7th European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, April, Tubingen, Germany. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd and Chou, Wan-yao and Corcuff, Stéphane and Gold, Thomas and Schubert, Gunter (2010) Roundtable Discussion: The Global State of Taiwan Studies. In: 7th European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, April, Tubingen, Germany. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2009) Lessons of defeat: A Comparison of Taiwanese Ruling Parties’ Responses to Electoral Defeat. In: Sixth European Association of Taiwan Studies, April, Spain, Madrid. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2009) Taiwan’s 2009 Local Executive Elections: Significance and Prospects. In: Sino-European relations and the cross Strait relations Conference, 29-31 May, LSE, London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2009) Impact of candidate selection systems on election results: Explaining Taiwan’s landslide election results in 2008. In: North American Taiwan Studies Conference, June. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2009) Taiwan’s Democracy: Towards a Liberal Democracy or Singapore Style Authoritarianism? In: Bob Ash Conference, December, Cambridge University. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2008) A Critical Election: Taiwan's 2008 Legislative Election in Comparative Perspective. In: The Fifth Annual Conference on China-Europe Relations and Cross-Strait Relations, May 31 - June 2, Xiamen, China.

Fell, Dafydd (2008) Adapting to the New Electoral System: Taiwanese Political Parties’ Legislative Candidate Selection in 2008 in Comparative Perspective. In: Fifth Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, 18-20 April, Charles University, Prague. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2008) Maturity of the Electoral System. In: Workshop on Democratic Consolidation in Taiwan, May, St Antony's College, Oxford. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2008) Reflections on Taiwan’s 2008 Legislative Elections. In: Sino-European relations and the cross Strait relations Conference, May 31 - June 2, Xiamen University, China. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd and Wu, Chung-li (2007) Opening Up the Secret Garden: The Impact of Candidate Selection Reforms in Taiwanese Political Parties. In: American Political Science Association Conference, August, Chicago. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2007) The Development of Political Marketing in Taiwan: Testing the applicability of the Market Orientated framework in a non-European context. In: European Consortium for Political Research Annual Conference, September, Pisa. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2007) European Taiwan Studies. In: 2007 Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Europe-Taiwan Cooperation, 12-15 October, Brussels, Belgium. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2007) The Role of SOAS in the Development of Taiwan Studies in Europe. In: the University of California at Santa Barbara International Conference on Taiwan in Global Perspectives, 26-27 October, Santa Barbara, Carlifornia. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2006) Change and Continuity in Political Communication in local elections in South Taiwan. In: Third European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, March, Paris. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2006) Inter-Party Competition in Taiwan: Towards a New Party System? In: Conference on Comparison and Prospects of Development Models of Taiwan and China, May, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2006) Consequences of Inner Party Democracy in Taiwan. In: Institute of Political Science, August, Academia Sinica. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) Putting on a Show and Election Results in Multi-Party Taiwan. In: Paper Presented at the National Sun Yat Sen University, Graduate Institute of Political Studies, January 4, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) Failure and Success of Third Parties in Taiwan. In: Second European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, 1-2 April, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) Party Competition in Taiwan: Towards a New Party System? In: SOAS/Harvard Conference on the First Chen Shui-bian Administration, 6-7 May, Annapolis, Maryland. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) Failure and Success of Third Parties in Taiwan. In: North American Taiwan Studies Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, 3-5 June, Boulder, Colorado. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) The Rise and Fall of Taiwan’s New Party. In: SOAS International Conference on Taiwanese Political Parties, 5-6 July, London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2005) Inner Party Democracy in Taiwan. In: American Political Science Association Conference, 1-4 September, Washington. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2004) Democratization and Political Corruption. In: SOAS Taiwan Studies Seminar, January, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2004) Change and Continuity in the Policy Preferences of Taiwan’s Political Parties: A Comparison of the Kuomintang and Democratic Progressive Party eras. In: Inaugural European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, April, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2004) Political Theatre and Electoral Fortunes in Taiwan. In: SOAS/British Academy Conference on Theatre Politics, May, London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd and Rawnsley, Gary (2004) Democratization, Liberalization and Modernization of Election Communication in Taiwan. In: Conference on Americanization of Election Campaigns, June, Paris. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2004) Inner Party Democracy in Taiwan. In: Taiwanese Political Science Association Conference, December, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2004) Election Advertising in East Asia. In: International Association of Asian Historians, Academia Sinica, December, Taipei. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2003) Trends in Campaign Advertising in Taiwan. In: London School of Oriental and African Studies, Taiwan Seminar Series, March, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2003) Electoral Platforms and Party Institutionalization in Taiwan. In: Conference on the Media and Democratization in Asia, April, University of Nottingham. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2002) Party Platform Change in Taiwan’s 1990s Election Campaigns. In: SOAS Conference on the KMT, May, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2002) Political Advertising in Taiwan. In: University of Nottingham Asia Pacific Seminar Series, November, University of Nottingham. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2001) Issue Ownership Theory and Party Platform Change in Taiwan. In: North American Taiwan Studies Conference, June, Washington University. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2001) Party Platform Change in Taiwan’s 1990s Election Campaigns. In: American Political Science Association Conference, August, San Francisco. (Unpublished)

Fell, Dafydd (2000) The Evolution and Role of Campaign Issues in Taiwan’s 1990s Elections. In: North American Taiwan Studies Conference, June, Harvard University. (Unpublished)

Other

Fell, Dafydd (2008) 'Country Report: Taiwan.' Economist Intelligence Unit.

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