About me

Nathan Batto is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica and Jointly Appointed Associate Research Fellow at the Election Study Center, National Chengchi University.  I first came to Taiwan in 1989 and spent most of the 1990s on the island.  I’ve been to countless election rallies and have a nice collection of campaign flags to show for it.

14 Responses to “About me”

  1. Wei-sheng LIN Says:

    Hello, I have just changed my email and would like to stay notified of your postings. But I forgot how I subscribed to your website. Could you please help me out? (Below is my new email.)


  2. Wayne Says:

    Hello Nathan, Nice blog. Do you know where to find the results of the councilor elections for New and Old Taipei cities?
    Thanks, Wayne

  3. HappyBekySewHappy Says:

    collection of campaign flags. really? Wow..show us the photo please..

  4. taipeimarc Says:

    Hello Nathan, I just want to say thanks for so many informative articles about Taiwan life. Keep up the excellent work.

  5. junglist4 Says:

    Hi Nathan, your blog is extremely interesting. Would you mind writing a brief overview of the main parties’ 2016 electoral platforms? It’s very difficult to find anything substantive on matters of policy. Most coverage focuses only on the horse race, as it were. If you’ve already done so, or know of where someone else has, could you please provide a link? Thanks!!

    • frozengarlic Says:

      I don’t write about policy platforms very much for a couple of reasons. On the one hand, I write about what interests me, and I’m interested in power. On the other hand, Taiwan is basically a one cleavage polity. The overwhelming majority of people make their decision based on some feeling about Taiwan’s relationship with China. Detailed policy questions matter even less in elections here than in other countries. The election might build momentum for some general principle, such as expanding the welfare state, but the details will all be worked out after the election, often with cross-party cooperation. Remember, political parties can compromise or change positions on any policy that isn’t essential to their supporters. In Taiwan, that means that any party plank unrelated to China is always open to negotiation.

  6. Anne Says:

    Just wanted to plug a recent podcast with Dr. Shelley Rigger (who referred me to this blog) and Paul Haenle on the elections this weekend and the future of cross-Strait relations. Audio here: http://carnegietsinghua.org/2016/01/02/2016-taiwan-elections-with-dr.-shelley-rigger/ioi9 and Full Transcript: http://carnegieendowment.org/files/1.2.2016_Rigger_Podcast_Transcript_Final_Clean_Version.pdf

  7. Cory Simonavice Says:

    You are a god send. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this website.
    I am an American, in Taiwan for my first election. I’m a bit of a politics nut in the U.S., but it has been so hard to find good material on the election in English. Especially on anything except at the presidential level.

    My co-workers helped me find a rally tonight, and I’ll be going to my first one. Hung tzu-yong in Taichung.

    Quick question,
    Do you know if there are any maps of the voting districts? I can’t find anything. Or maybe a list of which city districts are inside of which voting districts?

    Again, thanks for all your hard work, and I’ll be following this blog to see how you break down the results.
    Happy Election Day,

  8. PR for the electoral college? No thanks | Fruits and Votes Says:

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  9. David Keegan Says:

    Nathan — Just got your blog on civil servant pension reform through a friend. Congratulations on a thoughtful perspective on a tough issue.
    How did I subscribe to your blog?

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