SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Book Talk: "Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years"

Kharis Templeman, Min-hua Huang, Mark Weatherall, Eric Chen-hua Yu, Jia-sin Yu, Dafydd Fell

Date: 24 February 2021Time: 1:30 PM

Finishes: 24 February 2021Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Talk

This session will be held using Microsoft Teams.


During the Ma Ying-jeou presidency in Taiwan (2008–2016), confrontations over relations with mainland China stressed the country’s institutions, leading to a political crisis. Nevertheless, its democracy proved to be resilient. The authors of Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan explore key aspects of the complicated Ma era, including party politics and elections, the sources of Ma's governance challenges, changing public opinion, protest movements, and shifts in the regional balance of power.

Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years Book Cover

Speaker Biographies

Kharis Templeman Profile

Kharis Templeman is a Research Fellow and Program Manager of the Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific, Hoover Institution.

Min-hua Huang is Professor in the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University.

Mark Weatherall is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hu Fu Center for East Asia Democratic Studies, National Taiwan University.

Eric Chen-hua Yu is an Associate Research Fellow at the Election Study Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at National Chengchi University.

Jia-sin Yu holds a master’s degree from National Chengchi University.

Dafydd Fell is a reader in comparative politics and director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies

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