Taiwan's Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan by Dafydd Fell will be published on 16 March 2021.
Book Description Examining the Green Party Taiwan (GPT) since its establishment through the aftermath of the most recent national elections in January 2020, this book focuses on Taiwan’s most important movement party over the last two and a half decades. Despite its limited electoral impact, its leaders have played a critical role in a range of social movements, including anti-nuclear and LGBT rights campaigns. Plotting the party’s evolution in electoral politics as well as its engagement with the global green movement, this volume analyses key patterns of party change in electoral campaign appeals, organisation and its human face. The second half of the volume concentrates on explaining both the party’s electoral impact and why the party has adjusted ideologically and organisationally over time. Based on a wide range of material collected, including focus groups, interviews and political communication data, the research relies heavily on analysis of campaign material and the voices of party activists and also considers other Green Parties, such as the splinter Trees Party and GPT-Social Democratic Alliance. Applying a wide range of theoretical frameworks to plot and explain small party development, this book will appeal both to students and scholars of Taiwan’s politics and civil society but also to readers with an interest in small parties and particularly environmental parties and movements. Table of Contents Part I. Introduction, Research Questions and Formation 1. Taiwan’s Green Parties: Alternative politics in Taiwan 2. Frameworks and Data for Analysing Taiwan’s Green Parties 3. Beautiful accidents: The formation of Taiwan’s Green Parties Part II. The Changing Impact and Human Face of the Green Parties 4. The Impact of the Green Parties in Taiwan: Elections, Media and the International 5. Who are the Green Parties? Leaders, Candidates and Supporters Part III. The First Decade: 1996-2005 6. The GPT’s First Election in 1996: Professor Kao Catching Missiles 7. Almost breaking through in 1998: Is it OK to frequent sexual nightclubs? 8. Understanding the GPT’s quiet period: 1999-2005 Part IV. The Pan Han-sheng era: 2006-2012 9. Returning to elections between 2006 and 2009: The Wish of the Ladybird, Red-Green Alliance and Treetop Protest 10. The Struggle to become a Relevant Party: The 2010 and 2012 campaigns Part V. The Lee Ken-cheng era 2013-2016 11. Reforms and the Local Breakthroughs and Setbacks of 2014: Unfinished Progress 12. The 2016 GPT SDP Alliance’s failed national breakthrough: The Lunchboxes and Teenage Idol election Part VI. The Wang Hau-yu era: 2016-2020 13. A new model of local election campaigning in 2018: Winning or Selling its Soul? 14. The Teng Hui-wen or Wang Hau-yu GPT campaigns in 2020 Part VII. Conclusion 15. Conclusion: The aftermath, rebranding, returning to research questions and practical lessons.