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When independence meets reality: symbolic and pragmatic politics in Taiwan

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dc.contributor.author Lin, Tse-Min
dc.contributor.author Wu, Chun-Ying
dc.contributor.author Charm, Theodore
dc.date.accessioned 2023-06-16T09:21:23Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Lin T, Wu CY, Charm T. When independence meets reality: symbolic and pragmatic politics in Taiwan. Journal of Contemporary China. 2023 Jun 1. DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2023.2218300
dc.identifier.issn 1067-0564
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/57198
dc.description Data de publicació electrònica: 01-06-2023
dc.description.abstract In Taiwan, where relations with China define the major political cleavage, voters have distinct preferences on the issue of independence. Do Taiwanese favor a symbolic or pragmatic approach to the Taiwan independence issue? What are the factors that account for their political preferences? We identify two types of voters, symbolic and pragmatic, according to whether their preferences on independence are conditional or unconditional on China’s potential counter actions. Specifically, symbolic voters have unconditional preferences on independence, while pragmatic voters are more agreeable to independence under more favorable conditions. Using multiple wave data from the Taiwan National Security Surveys (TNSS 2002-2022), we investigate the individual- and macro-level factors and find that gender, age, education level, ethnicity, partisan strength, and economic growth rate shape the types of voters in Taiwan. This paper contributes to the study of political attitudes in Taiwan, and have important implications on the regional stability in East Asia.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Contemporary China. 2023 Jun 1
dc.rights © This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary China on 2023, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10670564.2023.2218300.
dc.title When independence meets reality: symbolic and pragmatic politics in Taiwan
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2023.2218300
dc.subject.keyword National identity
dc.subject.keyword Symbolic politics
dc.subject.keyword Pragmatism
dc.subject.keyword Taiwan
dc.subject.keyword China
dc.subject.keyword Independence
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dc.embargo.liftdate 2024-12-01
dc.date.embargoEnd info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2024-12-01

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