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Taiwan: The Consolidation of a Democratic and Distinct Society

Who Cares for Unions?

Public Attitudes toward Union Power in Taiwan, 1990-2005
Chin-Fen Chang and Heng-Hao Chang


This paper studies how the general public in Taiwan evaluates the power of unions and which groups of the population support stronger unionisation. We intend to compare changes in attitudes toward union strength in two ways. First, we examine whether macro-economic or political dynamics created changes in attitudes. Secondly, we analyse the direct effects of four types of independent variables on attitudes toward unions (individual or collective level, short-term or long-term), including gender, age, ethnicity, and education. Using four waves of the Taiwan Social Change Survey conducted between 1990 and 2005, we find that support for stronger unions rose markedly between 2000 and 2005, expressing a higher awareness of the role of unions in labour relations, especially in the context of economic crisis or lower economic growth.

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Chin-Fen Chang and Heng-Hao Chang, « Who Cares for Unions? », China Perspectives [Online], 2010/3 | 2010, Online since 01 September 2013, connection on 19 October 2017. URL :

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