Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Elections and Democracy in Greater China

December 2001

The authoritarian Chinese regimes governing Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong allowed limited electoral competition during the last half century.

Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies

December 1997

The global trend that Samuel P. Huntington has dubbed the "third wave" of democratization has seen more than 60 countries experience democratic transitions since 1974.

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

June 2008

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future?

Other Publications

Conference Report: The Politics of Polarization in Taiwan [Oct. 2014]

December 2014

Over the past year and more, Taiwan’s political elite has been deadlocked over the question of deepening economic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Events

The Chinese Revolution and U.S.-China Relations: International Perspectives on 50 Years of the People's Republic of China

March 7, 2000

Zi Zhongyun is one of China's leading scholars on international relations. She is the author of The Origin and Evolution of U.S.

Is Taiwan Chinese?: Comparing the Experiences of Taiwanese and Chinese

November 8, 2005

Many people in China and the US assume that the new Taiwanese national identity is a political ploy which originated with Taiwan's government.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital in Greater China

April 3, 2003

Seeking to tap the huge potential of Greater China, many in Asia seek to replicate the Silicon Valley model.