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Program Overview

The Asian Barometer Survey (ABS) is the outgrowth of the Comparative Survey of Democratization and Value Change in East Asia Project (also known as the East Asia Barometer), which was launched in 2000 and was funded by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan under the MOE-NSC Program for Promoting Academic Excellence. The ABS is currently based at National Taiwan University (NTU), and operations at the headquarters are jointly sponsored by the Department of Political Science at NTU and the Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica. The East Asian component of the project is coordinated by Yun-han Chu, who also serves as the overall coordinator of the Asian Barometer. In organizing its first-wave survey (2001-2003), the East Asia Barometer (EABS) brought together teams from 13 countries and more than 30 leading scholars from across the region and the United States. Since its founding, the EABS Project has been increasingly recognized as the region's first systematic and comprehensive comparative survey of attitudes toward political regimes, democracy, governance, and economic reform.

In July 2001, the EABS joined with three sister projects ˇV Latinobarometro, the Afrobarometer, and the Arab Barometer ˇV to launch the Globalbarometer Survey (GBS), a global consortium of comparative survey and research programs across emerging democracies and transitional societies.

The EABS has become a true pan-Asian survey research initiative. Following the EABSˇ¦s first wave survey, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia joined the EABS and participated in the projectˇ¦s second-wave survey (2004-2008). Correspondingly, the South Asian division, based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi and directed by Yogendra Yadav, has been collaborating with the EABS to push for the creation of a more inclusive regional survey network in the form of the Asian Barometer Survey. This path-breaking regional initiative builds upon a substantial base of completed scholarly work in a number of Asian countries. Most of the participating national teams were established more than a decade ago and have acquired extensive experience in administering nationwide surveys on citizensˇ¦ political attitudes and behaviors. In addition, they have published a substantial number of works both in their native languages and in English.
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