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A New Generation of Taiwanese at the Ballot Box

Young voters and the presidential election of January 2012
Tanguy LePesant
Translated by Michael Black
p. 71-79

Abstract

The re-election of Ma Ying-jeou on 14 January 2012 was not as close as had been anticipated. This was in particular because he managed to win the support of some young voters, who at the beginning of the campaign were massively in favour of Tsai In-wen. In order to highlight the reasons why Taiwanese in the 20-to-29 age bracket changed their minds, this article analyses their perception of the two candidates, their main preoccupations, and their position in relation to the main themes of the campaign: the economic and social situation, identification with Taiwan, the island’s international status, and relations with China.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Tanguy LePesant, « A New Generation of Taiwanese at the Ballot Box », China Perspectives, 2012/2 | 2012, 71-79.

Electronic reference

Tanguy LePesant, « A New Generation of Taiwanese at the Ballot Box », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/2 | 2012, Online since 30 June 2015, connection on 17 December 2017. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/5883

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About the author

Tanguy LePesant

Assistant Professor at National Central University (Chongli, Taiwan), and is an associate researcher at the CEFC in Taipei.

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