Chinese Studies

"Local Elites and Taiwan’s Party System: the GMD-Bentupai"

Ph.D. Project
Stefan Braig

As part of contemporary Taiwan’s identity formation and nation-building, the GMD has witnessed in recent years the emergence of an intra-party phenomenon called bentupai or Taiwan-faction. Identified primarily on the local level in central and southern Taiwan, the bentupai seems to share positions on identity-related political issues rather with the parties of the Green Camp than with its own party center. This research project aims at investigating the GMD-bentupai’s political identity and strategies in Taiwan’s local politics and vis-à-vis the GMD headquarters, as its relationship with the Green Camp parties.