Fourth Wave Asian Barometer Survey in Taiwan in 2014
Fourth Wave date for the Asian Barometer Survey Taiwan survey is released on December 21, 2015. We welcome applications for the survey data from interested individuals after the data release.
Do Asians Have a Positive View of China?
Since the Third Wave, the Asian Barometer Survey has asked respondents whether they feel that China has a positive impact on their own country and on the region. We find that despite sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea, a majority of citizens in most Southeast Asian countries (with the exception of Myanmar) view the influence of China favorably. However, among East Asian countries, citizens hold much less favorable views on the influence of China. In particular, only 23% of Japanese respondents viewed China's influence on their own country favorably, and only 19% of them viewed its influence on the regime favorably.
How Much do Asians Trust their Governments?
The Asian Barometer Survey measures trust in the main institutions of government. Citizens in the region's liberal democracies tend to be "skeptical democrats" with very low levels of trust in the institutions of government. In contrast, citizens in electoral democracies and authoritarian regimes show much higher levels of trust in government. Here we show trust in government officials across the 14 surveyed countries, with the lowest levels of trust found in the region's three liberal democracies (Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan).
How do Asians Define Democracy?
The Asian Barometer Survey includes a series of questions asking respondents to choose a characteristic of democracy they consider "most essential" from four different choices. These characteristics correspond to social equality, good governance, norms and procedures, and liberty definitions of democracy. Our survey results find that Asian respondents are more likely to choose definitions of democracy corresponding to system outputs (social equality or good governance) rather than classic Western understandings of democracy (norms and procedures and liberty). This finding was consistent across different regime types.
Findings of the Malaysian Asian Barometer Wave IV survey
The Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) at the National University of Malaysia held a seminar on findings of the Malaysian Asian Barometer Wave IV survey on December 3rd, 2015. The session concluded with questions and answers from the audience. The seminar helped increase the visibility of ABS research in Asia and will help build future cooperation between ABS and Malaysian scholars.
The Cultural Logic of Politics in Mainland China and Taiwan
Using multiple surveys conducted in mainland China and Taiwan, Shi shows how, in these two very different political systems, similar norms exert similar kinds of influence on political trust, understanding of democracy, forms of political participation, and tolerance for protest. The approach helps to explain the resilience of authoritarian politics in China and the dissatisfaction of many Taiwan residents with democratic institutions.
Varieties of Governance in China
In this book, Jie Lu argues that any governance institution can perform effectively as long as it can produce collective action and accountability, but the relative effectiveness of institutions is contingent upon the social environment in which they are embedded. In identifying the optimal social conditions for the effective performance of different governance institutions and theorizing the effects of social change on these institutions, Lu deepens understanding of how institutions, particularly in developing countries, change, and under what conditions institutional modernization or engineering may succeed or fail.
Thinking High above the Cloud
Yun-han Chu, principal director of the Asian Barometer Survey, has published a new book in Chinese “Thinking High above the Cloud.” In this book, Chu takes a “big history” perspective, offering his thoughts as an intellectual on major new developments in the Twenty First Century. Chu argues that the “world familiar to Western countries has already vanished.” Faced with this major watershed in human history, Chu offers profound insights and suggestions on how Taiwan should prepare itself.
The 2nd Workshop of Asian Democracy Research Network and The 8th World Movement for Democracy in Seoul
Wen-chin Wu, an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica and a member of the ABS Taiwan survey team attended The 2nd Workshop of Asian Democracy Research Network and The 8th World Movement for Democracy in Seoul, South Korea between November 1-4, 2015.
Workshop on New Global Barometer Surveys Volum, September 1-2 2015.
Members of the Global Barometer Survey gathered at Stanford University to discuss the outcomes from each of the regional surveys over the last year, exchange experiences, and discuss solutions to any challenges encountered. In addition, findings from the regional survey will be published in an edited volume, with a draft for publication planned for next year.
Public Feedback Session on the 2015 Myanmar ABS Survey
The Center for East Asia Democratic Studies organized a series of events to present the findings of the Asian Barometer Myanmar Survey in Yangon, Myanmar between August 23 and 27. Since this was the first time than a nationwide academic survey has been successfully undertaken in Myanmar, there was a significant amount of media interest in the event.
Public Feedback Session on the 2015 Myanmar ABS Survey
The Center for East Asia Democratic Studies organized a series of events to present the findings of the Asian Barometer Myanmar Survey in Yangon, Myanmar between August 23 and 27. Since this was the first time than a nationwide academic survey has been successfully undertaken in Myanmar, there was a significant amount of media interest in the event. We also expect that the realization of this survey will enhance National Taiwan University’s international visibility and recognition.