Introduction of the Chinese Association of Political Science
(CAPS, Taipei, Taiwan)

1. History

The Chinese Association of Political Science (CAPS) was founded in 1932 in Nanking, the capital of the Republic of China. Besides serving the academic community, it provided high-level advices to the government on its foreign and educational policy. The CAPS was one of the most well-established and influential academic organizations in China at the time. After the communist takeover on the mainland, CAPS was relaunched in Taiwan with its fourth annual congress in 1953. In 1970, the association introduced its flagship journal Chinese Political Science Review (CPSR). Since then CPSR has offered a privileged forum for local and international political scientists to share their latest studies. Currently, CAPS presents three core platforms for the community: the annual conference, the publication of CPSR and the official website at http://capstaipei.org.tw/.

2. The structure of CAPS

CAPS has its annual congress. Each two years, the congress of CAPS holds an election to change its governing council (GC) members and the new GC elects the president. The secretary-general (SG) is nominated by the president with the consent of the GC. The current president of CAPS is Prof. Yu-Shan Wu (acting 2016-2018) who is also the distinguished research fellow at Academia Sinica and a professor at the Department of Political Science of the National Taiwan University (NTU).

3. Academic activities

There are several types of academic activities in CAPS within recent years:

(1) The annual association congress and academic international conference
(2) Conference seminars and keynote lectures

CAPS aims to hold various academic conferences and themed speeches of various theories and strategies in the field of political science.

4. International Participation

Under the promotion of the former president Yong Wei, CAPS organized a research team called International Political Science Association (IPSA) in April, 1989 and Wei was also one of IPSA’s official members. Later on, it was renamed as Chinese Association of Political Science (Taipei). Ever since then CAPS has regularly attended all the IPSA congress / conferences till now.

5. Journal Publication

Chinese Political Science Review (CPSR) is a professional journal edited by CAPS. CPSR has been officially equipped with its own editing committee and also a group of censors from outside communities. CPSR accepts Chinese manuscripts from scholars in Taiwan as well as English manuscripts from abroad. Judging from the publications in the last four decades, the contents of CPSR have reflected the shifting focuses of Taiwan’s researches in political science. CPSR has recorded the development of political studies in Taiwan, and it is also a riveting success in the national and international field of political science.

6. Official emblem of CAPS

The Chinese characters on the upper right show the association’s name in traditional Chinese. The calligraphy is put together from the works of renowned calligraphers in Tang and Song dynasties in ancient China. The logo on the left has a Chinese character “zhong” (China) against a five-petal, tricolor background. It is to signify the plum blossom (national flower of the ROC) and the tricolor flag of the country.

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