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|43 pages
Introduction, research questions and formation
part II|66 pages
The changing impact and human face of the Green Parties
part III|36 pages
The first decade
part IV|39 pages
The Pan Han-sheng era
chapter 9|15 pages
Returning to elections between 2006 and 2009
part V|48 pages
The Lee Ken-cheng era
chapter 12|28 pages
The 2016 GPT SDP Alliance’s failed national breakthrough
part VI|39 pages
The Wang Hau-yu era
part VII|15 pages