Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Democratization in Taiwan and Implications for the Future - Talk by Professor Bruce Jacobs of Monash University, Melbourne

25 April 2013 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Seminar

Room 9.12, Social Sciences Building

Democracy is relatively rare in Asia today with only Taiwan, South Korea, India and Japan having relatively stable, consolidated democratic systems. India and Japan date back to after World War II, while Taiwan and South Korea began their democratizations in about 1988. Taiwan had some ten inter-related factors that contributed to its democratic development. In addition, Taiwan had excellent leadership in both government and opposition. The talk will conclude with an analysis of the colonial nature of the Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo governments, an analysis that both helps put these authoritarian governments into perspective and which also helps us analyse Taiwan and its potential international position today.

Bruce Jacobs is Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his AB degree at Columbia University, he first went to Taiwan as a postgraduate student in history at National Taiwan University in 1965. He conducted his Columbia University PhD research in rural Taiwan in 1971-1973. Professor Jacobs' recent books include Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy (Norwalk, CT: EastBridge, 2008) and Democratizing Taiwan (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012). He has just completed the editing and writing the introduction for a four-volume work on cross-strait relations to be published by Brill. In addition, he has published over seventy refereed journal articles and book chapters as well as numerous book reviews and opinion columns.

Location Details

Room 9.12, Social Sciences Building

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