Dr. Christian Schafferer

Associate Professor

Department of International Trade

Overseas Chinese University

Taichung, Taiwan

E-Mail: chris[at]fule.at

Previous Employment

Department of Political Science, Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Visiting Professorships


Institute of Social and Societal Policy, University of Linz, Austria.

Center for Mongol Studies, National University of Mongolia, Mongolia.

Department of Political Science, Meiji University, Japan


[February 2020]

Paper on Taiwan's defensive democratization published online in Asian Affairs: An American Review

[October 2019]

Presenter, Asian Conference on Human Security, Multiculturalism and Democracy, Bangkok, Thailand.

[May 2019]

Opening reception of my first solo exhibition in Taiwan at Lei Gallery, Taichung.

[November 2018]

Presenter, Regional Interdependencies of Democratisation in Asia, Seoul, Korea,

[October 2018]

Presenter, Revisiting Bandung: Cultivating Asia's Insights on Global International Relations and Political, Bandung, Indonesia.


[October 2017]

Presenter, 11th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association, Phitsanoluk.

[March 2016]

Presenter, APISA-FES Conference on New Authoritarianism in Asia, Ehwa Womans University, Seoul.

[October 2015]

New book on democratic governance in Northeast Asia released by Palgrave/Macmillian with two chapters on Taiwan.

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[September 2015]

Presenter, 9th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.>

[February 2015]

Presenter, Preparatory Workshop, 9th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.>

[September 2014]

Discussant, 8th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), Chiang Mai, Thailand.>

[February 2014]

The Rise and Fall of Transitional Justice in Taiwan was published as part of the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) series on Pathways to Transitional Justice in the Arab World - Reflections on the Asia Pacific Experience (PDF).

[January 2014]

Post-Conflict Development in East Asia published by Ashgate with one of my papers on human security in Taiwan.

[5-6 December 2013]

Organizer and presenter, Rethinking Human Security in the Asian Century, International Conference, Taiwan.

[14 October 2013]

Co-signer, Statement on the current political situation in Taiwan published in the Taipei Times.

[21 September 2013]

Panel Chair, International Conference on Rethinking Human Security in the Asian Century, Mandarin Oriental, Manila. >

[30 April 2013]

Discussant, International Conference on the Comparison of Asian and European Regional Integration, Nanhua University, Taiwan. >

[January 2013]

Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2013) released with two of my chapters on transitional justice in Taiwan and Austria. >

[29/30 November 2012]

Chair, Executive Committee Meeting and Annual General Meeting, Asian Political and International Studies Association, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Institute of Education. >

[12 October 2012]

Organizer and paper presenter, International Workshop on International Relations, Economic Development and Human Security in East and Southeast Asia, Overseas Chinese University, Taiwan. >

[18 May 2012]

Presenter at the International Workshop on East Asian Human Security and Post-Conflict Development in Comparative Perspective, Institute for Development and Human Security, Ewha Womans University, Seoul. >


Taiwan's defensive democratization

Asian Affairs: An American Review, 2020

Since the lifting of martial law in 1987, Taiwan has progressed toward one of Asia's most advanced democracies. This paper looks at the historical and socio-political circumstances and traces the global and domestic factors behind the transformation. Assuming that advanced levels of democratic governance can only be obtained through mediated social control over the state and the economy, the study explores whether democratic values and norms have become internalized and identifies the current caveats of further democratic development. More specifically, the paper argues that although Taiwan's democratization has been caused by external sovereignty-related factors, the discourse on national identity has repoliticzed the public political realm after decades of authoritarianism and led to the habitualization of democratic values and norms. The paper concludes with an assessment of the prospects for comprehensive and inclusive public participation in the shaping of Taiwan's political conditions.


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On 4 May 2019, the opening reception of my first solo exhibition in Taiwan was held at Lei Gallery, Taichung. Twenty-two argyrotype and cyanotype prints were shown. The prints were part of a larger collection of photographies I published in my book Fragments.


ISBN 978-986-95719-1-3




Explaining Democratic Consolidation and Regress in East Asia: A Multivariate Analysis

11th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association, 2017

In this study my colleague and I analyzed the nature of popular support for democratic governance in East Asia. Using the latest data of the Asian Barometer Survey (ABS), we applied latent class cluster analysis and multinomial logistic regression modelling to offer a micro-level explanation of political developments in the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea.


The Dialectic of Nationalism and Democratic Governance in Taiwan

Asian International Studies Review, 2016


In this study I argue that Taiwan's public contestation over national identity has been a crucial factor in its political development. Specifically, I demonstrate that the agonistic relationship between Taiwanese nationalists and Chinese nationalists has been a major force behind the development of democratic governance in Taiwan, thus contradicting previous studies suggesting that any contestation over national identity would undermine democratic development and destabilize security in East Asia


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The effect of cigarette price increases on cigarette consumption, tax revenue, and smoking-related death in Africa from 1999 to 2013

International Journal of Public Health, 2017

In this study my colleagues and I investigated the effects of price hikes on cigarette consumption, tobacco tax revenues, and reduction in smoking-caused mortality in 36 African countries. Panel data from the 1999-2013 Euromonitor International, the World Bank and the World Health Organization was used in our fixed-effects and random-effects regression models of panel data to estimate the elasticity of cigarette prices and simulate the effect of price fluctuations.


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