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'Dafydd Fell’s contribution to developing the field of Taiwan Studies is second to none, and his work has already done much to shape people’s thinking about contemporary Taiwan. This book continues that process. It offers an accessible, authoritative and comprehensive interpretation of Taiwan’s political development through the period of authoritarian rule to the establishment of a fully-fledged democratic system of governance. All those wishing to understand the forces shaping Taiwan’s politics and international relations today and in the future will benefit from the perceptive insights it offers. Quite simply, it is – and is likely to remain - the best account of Taiwan’s government and politics that is available.' Professor Robert Ash, Director, Taiwan Studies Programme, SOAS, University of London, UK.
'Dafydd Fell’s new book is all we could hope for in a comprehensive overview of this important topic: it is balanced, organized, and theoretically-informed – not to mention good fun. Brimming with enthusiasm for its subject and affection for its readers, Government and Politics in Taiwan will become the must-read text on Taiwan’s political development and contemporary politics. Thanks to Fell’s exhaustive research, generous sourcing, and heartfelt engagement with his topic, readers will gain both a comprehensive knowledge of a vast scholarly literature and a gut-level appreciation for Taiwan’s lively political scene.' Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of Political Science, Davidson College, USA.
'This book provides a Western scholar’s comprehensive perspective on Taiwan. It is a work of serious scholarship by an academic intimately familiar with local scene, and constitutes a valuable addition to the study of Taiwan.' From the foreword by Hung-mao Tien, President and Chairman of the Board, Institute for National Policy Research, Taipei, Taiwan.