Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements

Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements

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Rarely do acts of civil disobedience come in such grand fashion as Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement. The two protests came in regions and jurisdictions that many have underestimated as regards furthering notions of political speech, democratisation, and testing the limits of authority. This book breaks down these two movements and explores their complex legal and political significance. The collection brings together some of Asia's, and especially Taiwan and Hong Kong's, most prolific writers, many of whom are internationally recognised experts in their respective fields, to address the legal and political significance of both movements, including the complex questions they posed as regards democracy, rule of law, authority, and freedom of speech. Given that occupational type protests have become a prominent method for protesters to make their cases to both citizens and governments, exploring the legalities of these significant protests and establishing best practices will be important to future movements, wherever they may transpire. With this in mind, the book does not stop at implications for Taiwan and Hong Kong, but talks about its subject matter from a comparative, international perspective.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 25.4mm | 590g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Line drawings, black and white; 11 Tables, black and white
  • 1472486145
  • 9781472486141
  • 2,077,972

Table of contents


Part 1 The Taiwan Sunflower Movement

1. Confrontational contestation and democratic compromise: The Sunflower Movement and its aftermath

Brian Christopher Jones and Yen-Tu Su

2. The Right to Free Assembly and the Sunflower Movement

Wen-Chen Chang

3. Marching Towards Constitutionalism with Sunflowers

Jiunn-rong Yeh

Part II The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

4. The Law and Politics of Constitutional Reform and Democratisation in Hong Kong

Albert Chen

5. Political Protest in High-Income Societies: The Case of the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong

Fu Hualing

6. The Nomos of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

Daniel Matthews

Part III Comparative Elements Involving Taiwan and Hong Kong

7. Unpopular Sovereignty: Constitutional Identity Through the Lens of the Sunflower and Umbrella Movements

Cheng-Yi Huang

8. To Punish or not to Punish: The Question of Civil Disobedience and the Umbrella Movement

Chih-Hsing Ho

9. Dancing with the Dragon: Closer Economic Integration with China and Deteriorating Democracy and Rule of Law in Taiwan and Hong-Kong?

Chien-Huei Wu

10. A Divided Society: Chinese Public Opinion on Resistance Movements, Democracy and Rule of Law

Han Zhu

Part IV Wider Perspectives on the Movements

11. Democratic Political Obligation with Chinese Characteristics: Civic Defiance in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Brad Roth

12. Democracy and Constitutionalism in China's Shadow: Sunflowers in Taiwan and Umbrellas in Hong Kong

Jacques DeLisle

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Review quote

'This book is well worth reading for the fascinating insights it provides into the minds and souls of those most intimately involved in the two civil society movements of the title...this volume will retain its long-term value as an essential reference for future scholars seeking to understand Taiwanese and Hong Kong democracy in a more global context...for future researchers interested in these and other political and legal questions, Jones' edited volume will provide a highly readable and valuable reference.'

de Jonge, Alice, Book Review: Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements (August 2, 2017). Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 18, No. 1, article 7, 2017. Available at SSRN:
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About Jones Brian Christopher

Brian Christopher Jones is Lecturer in Law at Liverpool Hope University, UK. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan). His research interests are in comparative public law, specifically constitutional and administrative law, socio-legal studies, democratic theory, civil disobedience, and law and technology. He has published widely on these and related areas.
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