Associate Head of School, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury - Christchurch, New Zealand
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Alex Tan is Professor of Political Science, Associate Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and the College of Art International Academic Exchange Coordinator at the University of Canterbury, Associate Director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre (Wellington, New Zealand), Senior Fellow at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas, USA), and Research Associate of the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University (Taiwan). Professor Tan received his AB in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, MA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining UC, he was Associate Professor (with tenure) of Political Science at the University of North Texas and has worked as a banker with HSBC and as research fellow at the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. Alex held several visiting appointments at Texas A&M University, Nihon University (Japan), National Chengchi University (Taiwan) and National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan). He is editor of International Studies Perspectives and editorial board member of two top international political science journals -- American Political Science Review and Electoral Studies -- as well as the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Political Science, and the Soochow Journal of Political Science. He has represented New Zealand in numerous Track II dialogues on Asia-Pacific security, political and economic issues and is a regular lecturer at the NZDF Command and Staff College and the RNZAF Initial Officer Training Course. Professor Tan has published numerous books and academic articles in the areas of comparative political parties and elections, comparative political economy, international affairs,Taiwan politics, East Asian politics, and European politics.
Education and Honors
Publications, Speeches and Presentations
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2011) Taiwan's Political Economy: Meeting Challenges, Pursuing Progress. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 203pp.
- Tan, A.C. (2000) Members, Organization and Performance: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Party Membership Size. Aldershot: Ashgate. 99.
- Huang, X., Tan, A.C. and Bandyopadhyay, S. (Ed.) (2011) China, India and the End of Development Models. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 320pp.
- Brown, S., Clark, C., Takeuchi, H. and Tan, A. (Ed.) (2009) Taiwan at a Turning Point. Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law.
- Horowitz, S., Heo, U. and Tan, A.C. (Ed.) (2007) Identity and Change in East Asian Conflicts: The Cases of China, Taiwan, and the Koreas. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230603134.
- Tan, A.C., Chan, S. and Jillson, C.C. (Ed.) (2001) Taiwan's National Security: Dilemmas and Opportunities. Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Huang, M-H., Whang, T. and Tan, A.C. (2013) Explaining Government Turnover in Asian Democracies. Asian Politics and Policy 5(4): 609-626. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aspp.12064.
- Tan, A.C., Miller-McTaggart, D. and Borthwick, S. (2013) The New Zealand Parliamentary Elections of 2011. Electoral Studies (in press) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261379413001327.
- Manacsa, R.C. and Tan, A.C. (2012) "Strong republic" sidetracked: Oligarchic dynamics, democratization, and economic development in the Philippines. Korea Observer 43(1): 47-88.
- Harmel, R. and Tan, A.C. (2012) One-party rule or multiparty competition? Chinese attitudes to party system alternatives. Party Politics 18(3): 337-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068810382934.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2012) Political Polarization in Taiwan: A Growing Challenge to Catch-all Parties? Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 41(3): 7-31. http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/532/530.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2012) Taiwan's Increasingly Boxed-in Economy: Economic Performance and Democratization. Korea Observer 43(1): 113-144.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2012) The Paradoxes in Taiwan's 'Two-Level Game' Concerning Cross-Strait Relations. American Journal of Chinese Studies 19(1)
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2011) Political Polarization and Gridlock as the Result of an Institutional Imbroglio in Taiwan. Asian and African Studies 15(2): 77-99. http://www.ff.uni-lj.si/ fakulteta/ZalozbaInKnjigarna/ Zaloznistvo/KatalogPublikacij/ Azijske%20in%20afriške%20študije/AAS_2011_let_XV_st_2.pdf.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2010) Managing Development in Taiwan: Implications for Developmental State Theory. International Journal of Development Management 1(1): 33-50.
- Tan, A.C. and Ando, T. (2010) Prospects and Challenges of an East Asian Regional Security Framework: Veto Players and Winsets. Studies in International Relations 31(1): 43-58.
- Tan, A.C., Buck, J. and Schrader, E. (2009) Portraits of New Zealand Political Science, 1980-2008: A Picture is Worth Eighty Words. Political Science 61(1): 81-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00323187090610010601.
- Tan, A.C. (2009) The 2008 Taiwan elections: Forward to the Past? Electoral Studies 28(3): 502-506. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2009.01.003.
- Tan, A.C. (2009) The Politics of Financial Reform in Taiwan: Actors, Institutions, and the Changing State. Asian Affairs: An American Review 36(4): 201-212.
- Tan, A.C. (2005) Emerging Party Systems: An Introduction. Party Politics 11(6): 651-653.
- Manacsa, R.C. and Tan, A.C. (2005) Manufacturing Parties: Re-examining the Transient Nature of Philippine Political Parties. Party Politics 11(6): 748-765.
- Tan, A.C. and Wu, J-D. (2005) The presidential election in Taiwan, March 2004. Electoral Studies 24(3): 519-524.
- Horowitz, S. and Tan, A.C. (2005) The Strategic Logic of Taiwanization. World Affairs 168(2): 87-95.
- Wu, J.D. and Tan, A.C. (2005) To Vote or Not to Vote? An Exploratory Analysis of the 2004 Presidential Election and the Referenda (in Chinese). Taiwan Democracy Quarterly 2(4): 67-98. http://www.tfd.org.tw/HTML/0600.html.
- Harmel, R. and Tan, A.C. (2003) Party Actors and Party Change: Does Factional Dominance Matter? European Journal of Political Research 42(3): 409-424.
- Harmel, R. and Tan, A.C. (2003) Party actors and party change: Does factional dominance matter? European Journal of Political Research 42(3): 409-424.
- Heo, U. and Tan, A.C. (2003) Political Choices and Economic Outcomes: A Perspective on the Differential Impact of the Financial Crisis on South Korea and Taiwan. Comparative Political Studies 36(6): 679-698.
- Tan, A.C. (2003) Taiwan's economy at T + 1 and counting: Challenges, dilemmas and opportunities. Journal of Contemporary China 12(34): 163-171.
- Tan, A.C. (2002) The Transformation of the Kuomintang Party in Taiwan. Democratization 9(3): 149-164.
- Heo, U. and Tan, A.C. (2001) Democracy and Economic Growth: A Causal Analysis. Comparative Politics 33(4): 463-473. http://web.gc.cuny.edu/jcp/vol_33.htm.
- Bohrer, R.E. and Tan, A.C. (2000) Left turn in Europe? Reactions to austerity and the EMU. Political Research Quarterly 53(3): 575-596.
- Tan, A.C. and Yu, T-C. (2000) The December 1998 elections in Taiwan. Electoral Studies 19(4): 621-628.
- Tan, A.C., Ho, K., Kang, K-T. and Yu, T-C. (2000) What if We Don't Party? Political Partisanship in Taiwan and Korea in the 1990s. Journal of Asian and African Studies 35(1): 67-84.
- Tan, A.C. (1998) The Impacts of Party Membership Size: A Cross-national Analysis. Journal of Politics 60(1): 188-198. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2648007.
- Tan, A.C. (1997) Party Change and Party Membership Decline: An Exploratory Analysis. Party Politics 3(3): 363-377. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068897003003005.
- Bohrer, R.E. and Tan, A.C. (1995) Balance of Power and the Korean Peninsula: Lessons from Major Power Wars. Journal of East Asian Affairs 9(1): 44-60.
- Harmel, R., Heo, U., Tan, A.C. and Janda, K. (1995) Performance, Leadership, Factions and Party Change: An Empirical Analysis. West European Politics 18(1): 1-33.
- Wu, S.S.G. and Tan, A.C. (1994) Cat and Mouse Game: Taiwan-Philippine Diplomacy. Issues and Studies 30(2): 74-90.
Chapters in Books
- Tan, A.C. (2012) China and Its Neighbors: Too Close for Comfort? In K.P. Williams, S.E. Lobell, and N.G. Jesse (Ed.), Beyond Great Powers and Hegemons: Why Secondary States Support, Follow, Or Challenge: 193-206. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2010) Taiwan Enters the 21st Century: A Rude Awakening to the Costs of Success. In W-C. Lee (Ed.), Taiwan's Politics in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges: 103-130. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
- Tan, A.C. (2009) The 2008 Election: The Issues. In R. Miller (Ed.), New Zealand Government and Politics (5th ed.): 354-364. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- Jackson, K. and Tan, A.C. (2009) The New Zealand Parliament: Changes in Executive-Legislative Relations. In M. Francis and J. Tully (Ed.), In the Public Interest: Essays in Honour of Professor Keith Jackson: 141-156. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
- Tan, A.C. (2008) From State Entrepreneurs to Political Entrepreneurs: Democratization and the Politics of Financial Liberalization in Taiwan. In P. Paolino and J. Meernik (Ed.), Democratization in Taiwan: Challenges in Transformation: 153-166. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company.
- Horowitz, S., Heo, U. and Tan, A.C. (2007) Democratization and National Identity in the China-Taiwan and Korean Conflicts. In S. Horowitz, U. Heo and A.C. Tan (Ed.), Identity and Change in East Asian Conflicts: The Cases of China, Taiwan, and the Koreas: 1-26. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Horowitz, S. and Tan, A.C. (2007) Rising China versus Estranged Taiwan. In S. Horowitz, U. Heo and A.C. Tan (Ed.), Identity and Change in East Asian Conflicts: The Cases of China, Taiwan, and the Koreas: 115-130. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Conference Contributions - Full conference papers
- Ho, K. and Tan, A.C. (2012) A structural analysis of social network and political capital in Democratic Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan: The Maturing of Taiwan Democracy: Findings and Insights from the 2012 TEDS Survey, 3-4 Nov 2012.
- Wu, C-L. and Tan, A.C. (2012) Manifestos in a consolidating democracy: The case of Taiwan. New Orleans, LA, USA: Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), 30 Aug-2 Sep 2012.
- Tan, A.C. (2011) China and its Neighbors: Too Close for Comfort? Montreal, Canada: International Studies Association Annual Convention 2011, 16-19 Mar 2011.
- Tan, A.C. and Clark, C. (2011) Democratic Politics, Institutional Complexities and Cross-Strait Relations. Ljubljana, Slovenia: 8th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), 12-14 May 2011.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2011) Political Gridlock as a Result of an Institutional Imbroglio in Taiwan. Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars Joint Conference (AAS-ICAS), 31 Mar-3 Apr 2011.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2011) Political Polarization in Taiwan and the United States: A Growing Challenge to Catch-all Parties? Seattle, WA, USA: 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), 1-4 Sep 2011. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1903019.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2011) The Paradoxes in Taiwan's "Two-Level Game" Concerning Cross-Strait Relations. Philadelphia, PA, USA: 53rd Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies, 14-16 Oct 2011.
- Liu, F.C-S., Chiu, A.S-Y. and Tan, A.C. (2011) The Pattern of Partisan Defection in the 2010 Mayoral Election. Taipei, Taiwan: 2011 International Conference on Taiwan Election and Democratization Study: Cities Mayoral Elections, 3-4 Dec 2011.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2010) Polarization, Perverse Political Strategies, and the Problems of Responding to "Hard Times" in Taiwan. Washington, DC, USA: 2010 American Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, 2-5 Sep 2010.
- Clark, C. and Tan, A.C. (2010) Taiwan's Increasingly Boxed-In Economy. Winston-Salem, NC, USA: 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Chinese Studies, 15-17 Oct 2011.
- Huang, C., Tan, A.C., Tsai, C.H. and Yu, C.H. (2009) Issues and Voting Choices in Taiwan's Local Elections: A Case Study of the Taipei Mayor Elections, 1994-2006. Toronto, Canada: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 3-6 Sep 2009.
- Harmel, R. and Tan, A.C. (2009) One-Party Rule or Multi-Party Competition?: Chinese Attitudes Toward Party Systems Alternatives. Toronto, Canada: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 3-6 Sep 2009.
- Ho, K. and Tan, A.C. (2009) Political Capital and Democratic Society in Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan: 9th TEDS International Conference, 22-23 May 2009.
- Tan, A. (2009) Politics of Financial Reform in Taiwan: Actors, Institutions and the Changing State. Dallas, TX, USA: The Future of US-Taiwan-China Relations, 16-17 Apr 2009.
- Tan, A.C. (2008) Competing Nationalism and China's Emergence: Implications to Regional Politics. Dallas, TX, USA: Japan's New Nationalism, 31 Jan-1 Feb 2008.
- Tan, A.C. (2008) Young people and political participation: A comparative study of New Zealand and Taiwan. Chicago, IL, USA: 2008 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 3-6 Apr 2008.
- Jackson, K. and Tan, A.C. (2006) Changes in the Relationship of the Executive and Legislature: The Case of New Zealand. Taipei, Taiwan: International Conference on "Political Center or Periphery: Legislatures & Parliaments in the 21st Century", 7-8 Jul 2006.
- Tan, A.C. and Ho, K. (2006) Conventional and Unconventional Political Participation: The Cases of Taiwan and New Zealand. Taipei, Taiwan: International Conference on Taiwan's Election and Democratization Study 2006 (TEDS), 21 Oct 2006.
- Ho, K. and Tan, A.C. (2006) Disentangling Power in the Electorate: Social Network, Political Efficacy, and Political Actions in Taiwan Elections. Philadelphia, PA, USA: 2006 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting: Power Reconsidered, 31 Aug-3 Sep 2006.
- Bohrer, R.E. and Tan, A.C. (2006) Shifting Allegiances, Volatile Electorates and Scarcity in Europe. Chicago, IL, USA: 64th Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 20-23 Apr 2006.
- Tan, A.C. (2005) Free Trade for Small States: Institutions, Coalitions, and Global Economics. Mishima, Japan: Symposium on Economic Partnership in Asia-Pacific Region: Present Conditions and Prospects, 21-22 Nov 2005.
- Tan, A. (2005) From State Entrepreneurs to Political Entrepreneurs: Democratization and the Politics of Financial Liberalization in Taiwan. University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA: Emerging Democracies and Democratic Values: The Experiences of Taiwan and East Asia, 27-28 Aug 2005. http://www.psci.unt.edu/Taiwanconference.htm.
- Horowitz, S. and Tan, A.C. (2005) Identity, Politics, and Strategy in the China-Taiwan Stand-Off: Current and Future Scenarios. Honolulu, HI, USA: 46th Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention - Dynamics of World Politics: Capacity, Preferences and Leadership, 1-5 Mar 2005. http://www.isanet.org/hawaii/PrelimProgram2005.pdf.
- Yu, T.C., Chen, L.K., Ho, K. and Tan, A.C. (2005) Is China an Upcoming Threat or a Peaceful Ascendance? The Determining Factor of Taiwan in Hegemonic Power Transition. Washington, DC, USA: American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 1-4 Sep 2005.
- Horowitz, S. and Tan, A.C. (2005) National Identity, Strategy and China-Taiwan Relations. Honolulu, HI, USA: International Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2-6 Mar 2005.
- Tan, A.C. (2005) Plus ça Change: Continuity and Change in Taiwan’s Party System. Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan Election and Democratization Studies Legislative Studies Conference, 11-13 Nov 2005. http://www.sinica.edu.tw/as/weekly/94/1045/1045.doc.
- Wu, J-D. and Tan, A.C. (2005) To Vote or Not to Vote, That Is the Question: An Exploratory Analysis of the Presidential and Referenda Vote in Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan: International Conference on Taiwan's Election and Democratization Study, 21-22 May 2005. http://www.psci.unt.edu/bulletin905.htm.
- Tan, A.C. and Kang, S. (2004) Democratization, Winsets, and Financial Liberalization: An Examination of Financial Policy-Making in Korea and Taiwan. Chicago, IL, USA: 61st Annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) National Conference, 3-6 Apr 2004. http://www.indiana.edu/~mpsa/conferences/2003finalprogram.pdf.
- Ho, K.K-Y., Chen, T., Tan, A. and Yu, M.T-C. (2004) Issue Evolution and Political sophistication: Exploring a model of Voter Heterogeneity in Taiwan elections. Nankang, Taiwan: International Conference on Taiwan’s Election and Democratization Study, 25-26 Sep 2004.
- Tan, A.C. and Schneider, C. (2002) Financial Liberalization and Reform Under Duress: The Politics of Hard Times in Taiwan. New Orleans, LA, USA: 43rd Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention, 24-27 Mar 2002. http://www.isanet.org/neworleans/PrelimProgram2002.pdf.
- Ho, K., Tan, A. and Meernik, J. (2002) In a Different Voice: A Comparative Study of Political Efficacy in Taiwan and Western Democracies. Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan Elections and Democracy Conference, 19-20 Oct 2002. http://www.psci.unt.edu/bulletin1102.htm.
- Tan, A.C., Borthwick, S. and Eade, M. (2011) Keep 'Em In or Take 'Em Out: A Simulation Analysis of the Impacts of the Changes to the New Zealand Electoral System. Seattle, WA, USA: 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 1-4 Sep 2011.
- Tan, A.C., Geva, N. and Bragg, B. (2010) To Join or Not to Join: An Experimental Study of Small Parties in Coalition Formation. Chicago, IL, USA: 2010 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 22-25 Apr 2010.