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Politics & Society

Politics & Society
Tsai Government in a Pickle

2019 State of the Nation Survey

Despite steady economic growth, perceptions of Taiwan’s wealth inequality and deep pension cuts have undermined support for President Tsai Ing-wen’s government. Can it do anything to regain public confidence a year before the next presidential election?

Politics & Society
Get-Rich-Quick Tales from the 1980s

How Rich Was Taiwan?

The nation was dubbed “the Republic of Casino” by astonished foreign media, and just about every Taiwanese was a gambler.

World Economic Forum

Where Teachers are Most and Least Respected

A new study by the Varkey Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve education for underprivileged children, gauges how respected teachers are in 35 economies around the world.

Politics & Society
The Road to Democracy

Lifting Martial Law and Opening-up Taiwan

Under pressure from within and without, late president Chiang Ching-kuo firmly believed that developing the economy and advancing democracy were Taiwan’s most effective weapons to counter Beijing.

Politics & Society
Taiwan’s First Directly Popularly-Elected President

From Constitutional Reform to Democracy

​​​​​​​Having hurriedly assumed the top seat of power, he rapidly set about pushing forward democratic reforms in Taiwan, becoming Taiwan’s first directly popularly-elected president. Yet populism and money politics reared their ugly heads from time to time on the road to democratization.

Politics & Society
2018 Taiwan Election

Why So Many Referendums This Year?

Voters were handed a record number of ballots in the just-concluded local elections because they also cast votes in ten concurrently held referendums, with one vote per referendum. Why were so many referendums held this time, and what is the threshold for referendums?