Program Update


  • March 9-10, 2017 - Taiwan's Democratic Development: Reflections on the Ma Ying-Jeou Era, The 2016-17 Annual Conference on Taiwan Democracy, Stanford University, USA

    The 11th Annual Conference on Taiwan Democracy will bring together scholars from Taiwan, the US, and Europe to consider these political achievements, confrontations, and disappointments in depth, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy at the end of the Ma Ying-jeou’s presidency. Conference participants will discuss trends in public opinion, party politics and elections, cross-Strait relations, governance and media, and the performance of political institutions. The conference papers will be revised and included in an edited volume covering democratic practice during the Ma Ying-jeou era in Taiwan.


  • March 2-3, 2017 - Global Barometer Workshop in Bangalore, India

    At this conference, scholars will share and discuss the overview of the State of Democracy in South Asia Barometer report , political performance, and further discuss the Book Project.
  • February 11-12, 2017 -Asia Democracy Research Network Fourth Workshop

    The Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) Fourth Workshop, organized by East Asia Institute and co-organized by Asian Barometer Survey (ABS) of National Taiwan University and Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica (IPSAS), was held in Taipei on February 11-12, 2017. Not only ADRN representatives and potential members, but scholars and experts on democracy research, program officers and research staff affiliated with emerging democracies in Asia, and representatives from grant-making foundations located in Taiwan contributed to the discussion.
  • October 22-23, 2016 - International Conference on Asia's Challenged Democracies in the Age of Globalization, Digital Revolution and Democratic Recession

    Scholars from overeseas are invited to discuss howAsia's Challenged Democracies in Global Perspective, especially in Asian area, and discuss some important issues such as inequality, economic openness immigrations challenges in the age of Globalization, Digital Revolution and Democratic Recession.
  • September 29-30, 2016 - International Conference on the Competition over Soft Power in East Asia

    Scholars are invited to discuss how East Asians view the influence of U.S. and China, the competition over soft power in East Asia, and Asian Barometer Survey Wave4 Survey.
  • September 27-28, 2016 - Global Barometer Workshop

    At this conference, scholars will discuss democratic participation, popular understandings of democracy, demand for democracy, political performance, and economic performance around the world.
  • September 10-11, 2016 - Workshop on Asian Barometer 4th Survey: Mainland China Survey

    At this conference, scholars from China and Taiwan were invited to Beijin and discuss the results and experience of Mainland China Survey, share their point of views to fieldwork.
  • August 11, 2016 - Asian Barometer Planning Meeting

    At this conference, national team members of Asian Barometer were invited to discuss data archive, data release of wave4 survey, future ABS conferences and workshops and new research agenda for the 5th Wave of ABS.
  • August 9-10, 2016 - New Challenges to Asian Democracies in the Age of Globalization, Internet Revolution and Democratic Recession

    At this conference, national team members met together to discuss the results of their national surveys of wave4 survey. The conference was hosted by Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica and co-organized by Program for East Asia Democratic Studies, IAS-NTU and Center for East Asia Democratic Studies, College of Social Sciences, NTU.
  • April 14, 2016 - Symposium on Cross-National Surveys: Asian Barometer & World Values Survey

    During this meeting members of the SAC and scholars from Asian Barometer will discuss a number of issues, related to preparation and implementation of the WVS-7, share the new methodology used in ABS, compare WVS and ABS approaches, and discuss how East Asians view rising China.
  • January 17, 2016 – Workshop on The Significance and Impact of Taiwan’s 2016 Elections

    At this conference, foreign scholars were invited to discuss the significance and impact of Taiwan's 2016 Presidential Elections and share their point of views to Taiwan people. The conference was sponsored by Taipei Forum and co-organized by Center for East Asia Democratic Studies, National Taiwan University.


  • September 1-2, 2015 – Workshop on New Global Barometer Surveys Volume

    At this conference, scholars were invited to exploit this unique body of data to assess the state of democratic citizenship in the developing world. The conference papers will be published as an edited volume in the Global Barometer Surveys Series of Lynne Rienner Publishing Company. The objective of the conference is to produce a significant multi-author book.
  • August 23-25, 2015 – Public Feedback Session on the 2015 Myanmar ABS Survey

    The Asian Barometer survey team held the public feedback session on the 2015 Myanmar ABS Survey during August 23 and August 25 in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar survey and this public events were funded by Center for East Asia Democratic Studies, National Taiwan University, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, and National Endowment for Democracy. This was the first time of ABS to conduct the Myanmar survey. ABS Director, Yun-han Chu and senior advisor, Bridget Welsh present the political pulse of Myanmar to the world.
  • June 28-29, 2015 – The Shanghai  Conference: 2015 Forum on Global Barometer Surveys

    This conference was held jointly by the Fudan-Duke Center for Global Attitudes about Politics and Society and School of International Relations and Puclic Affairs. Scholars presented papers concerning the perception of a rising China from a cross-continental comparison and public trust in political institutions from a global persepctive.
  • November 8-9, 2014 – The Taipei International Conference: Global Barometer Surveys Workshop

    Scholars were invited to share their research and explore the development of democracy in each region by looking at changes in the regime preference and support for democracy. Scholars were also reviewing the past two Global Barometer Module and discussing the new module framwork.
  • August 11, 2014 – The Taipei International Conference: " Democracy in a Divided Society: East Asia in Comparative Perspective"

    This workshop seeks to examine the functioning of democracy in divided societies by bringing together leading scholars from Asia and the United States. In particular, the workshop will focus on the politics of polarization: how it erodes or cripples young democracies in Asia and how we might mitigate its damaging effects. Some of conference paper contributors will use data from the Asian Barometer Survey (ABS Wave III) as this cross-national data base provides rich source for individual-country investigation and for region-wide comparative analysis. Other contributors might employ historical, institutional, cultural or structural approaches to tackle the issue. The conference scholars encourage innovative ways to combine survey data with macro-level factors, such as institutional design, culture, ethnicity, religion and class structure. We hope to evoke synthesis about the impact social division on the functioning of democracy and identify the institutional designs and compensating measures to moderate the tension. All country studies are encouraged to address some institutional arrangements, electoral institution or government structure, and other socioeconomic measures which could moderate or exacerbate the conflicts.
  • November 7, 2013 – The Taipei International Conference: " Comparing the State of Democracy in India and East Asia: An Asian Barometer Survey Conference"

    Scholars were invited to share the India Survey data research and explore the development of democracy in India and East Asia by looking Popular Understandings of Democracy and Regime Legitimacy.
  • September 28-29, 2013 – Asian Barometer Survey Wave4 Core Questionnaire Draft Committee Meeting

    Member teams met to discuss the draft of core questionnaire of wave4 survey.
  • December 30, 2013

    The third-wave survey data for thirteen East Asian countries (the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Cambodia and China) were made available. 
  • June 16-19, 2013 – The Taipei International Conference: “Citizen Politics and Democracy in East Asia” and Planning Workshop

    Scholars were invited to share their research and explore the development of democracy in the region by looking at changes in the attitudes of citizens. The conference has given us a better understanding of the complexities of the region and has provided us with the tools by which we can promote regional democratic stability and development. Following the conference, some scholars stayed behind for the Asian Barometer Survey planning meeting, in which the questionnaire for the fourth wave of the survey was discussed.
  • March 29, 2013 – The Brookings International Conference: “China’s Rise: Assessing Views from East Asia and the United States”, Washington, D.C.

    Panelists at the conference presented data from the Asian Barometer Survey and compared these findings with prevailing survey data in the United States. Leading experts from both sides of the Pacific weighed the potential implications of these studies for future relations between China and other East Asian countries and for U.S.-China relations.

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  • October 22-23, 2012 – The Taipei International Conference: “How East Asians View the Rise of China”

    Organized by the Asian Barometer Survey and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the conference raised the following questions:
    1. Did East Asians anticipate the rise of China and do they welcome this trend with open arms?
    2. What factors shape the popular perception of China’s rise?
    3. What accounts for the differences in opinion among East Asians about the impact of China’s rise?
    4. Will China become a model for development in East Asia?
  • September 20-21, 2012 – The Taipei International Conference: “A Symposium on Democratic Citizenship and Voices of Asia’s Youth”

    Organized by the Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica (IPSAS) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the conference was held to discuss young people's perception on democracy, democratic governance and political participation. The findings would enable policy makers to develop more effective programs for encouraging the participation of all stakeholders, especially of young people, in the democratic process.
  • May 25-26 2012 – The Stanford International Conference: “How the Public Views Democracy and its Competitors in East Asia: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective”

    At the conference, scholars of the Asian Barometer network presented papers based on the results of the third-wave survey. An article in the World Journal featured a headline with Prof. Yun-han Chu's comments on the influence of Taiwan's democracy on mainland China and Hong Kong. The article (in Chinese) can be found here.
  • August 21, 2011 – The Taipei Planning Workshop 2011

    Member teams met to discuss and analyze the ABS third-wave survey results.
  • September 18-21, 2009 – The Taipei Planning Workshop 2009

    Member teams met to discuss the results of their pre-test surveys and finalized the questions for the third wave questionnaire.
  • December 13-16, 2008 – The Taipei Planning Workshop 2008

    At the meeting, the schedule for the third-wave survey was finalized, and the research direction of the project was decided. Participants also discussed the content and layout of the survey, as well as arrangements for our two new publications.
  • June 20-23, 2008 – The Taipei International Conference: “The State of Democratic Governance in Asia” and Planning Workshop 2008

    This conference was held jointly by the Asian Barometer Survey and the Asia Foundation. Scholars of the Asian Barometer network presented papers concerning the state of democracy in surveyed countries and the challenges they face in governance. At the planning workshop, scholars continued discussing plans for a second book volume in addition to the research outcomes based on the results of the second-wave survey.
  • August 9-12, 2007 – The Taipei International Conference: “Why Asians Support Democracy and Why not?” and Planning Workshop 2007

    Thirteen papers were presented at the conference based on the results of the second wave survey. The topics discussed at the planning workshop include the questionnaire for the third wave survey and a publication plan for the second book volume based on Asian Barometer Survey.
  • April 29-May 1, 2005 – The Taipei Planning Workshop 2005

    The purpose of the planning workshop was to determine methods of standardizing the next round of the survey. The topics included sampling, wording, questionnaire layout, survey techniques and management, and technical problems that might be encountered in the data analysis phase. A standardized questionnaire was finalized in the workshop, the module from which each nation team is to design its own questionnaire.
  • October 21-23, 2004 – The Bangkok International Conference: “The State of Democracy in Asia” and Planning Workshop

    The conference launched a forum for academics from various Asian countries to exchange ideas and present survey results on attitude and value changes in member countries. Our new partners from Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and South Asia were invited to collaborate on the new module of the Asian Barometer Survey. Subsequently, partners from the survey network discussed problems encountered in the first-wave survey (2001-2004).
  • December 8-11, 2003: The Taipei International Conference: “How East Asians View Democracy: The Region in Global Perspective” and Planning Workshop 2003

    The conference was held to discuss the East Asia Barometer’s research results. Based on results obtained from the surveys conducted in 2001-2002, each country team presented its citizens’ perceptions of democracy and its value to the country. Several technical problems were discussed in the planning workshop to improve the survey for the second wave.