On November 24, 2018, Taiwan’s voters go to the polls to elect city and county level officials in the principal elections that fall between the 2016 and 2020 contests for the presidency and the national legislature. Like midterm elections in the United States that occur shortly before Taiwan’s, these local elections in Taiwan are scrutinized for what they reveal about popular support for the ruling party and what they might portend for national elections two years later. In 2014, severe losses for the then-ruling Kuomintang foreshadowed the party’s loss of the presidency and the parliament to the then-opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
What lessons should we draw from Taiwan’s midterm elections? What does the outcome portend for the 2020 vote? What are the implications for Taiwan’s relations with Mainland China and the United States? What impact might the U.S. midterm elections, with the Democrats winning control of the House, have on Taiwan’s external relations?
Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and Director, Asia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington in Virginia, and President, E Larus Consulting
Vincent Wang, Professor of Political Science and Dean Emeritus of the School of Humanities and Sciences, Ithaca College, and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Isaac Stone Fish, International Affairs Journalist, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S. China Relations, and Visiting Fellow at the German Marshall Fund
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