The Center for East Asia Democratic Studies is a major undertaking in international political science research. The Center is the first cross-national survey focused on democratization in East Asia, and is also the first cross-national survey led by East Asian scholars. As well as producing English language books and articles in leading journals, the Program will continue to provide valuable empirical data for social science researchers. The Center will also enable social scientists in Taiwan to gain valuable experience leading international cooperation, and provide the basis for regular and institutionalized cross-national surveys on political and social change in East Asia.


  1. To generate a region-wide base of scientifically reliable and comparable data.
  2. To strengthen intellectual and institutional capacity for research on democracy.
  3. To disseminate survey results to academics and policy circles.

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