Constructing a new political spectacle : Tactics of Chen Shui-bian's 2000 and 2004 inaugural speeches

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-608
Journal / PublicationDiscourse and Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


This article explores how the Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian 1 uses political language rhetoric as a powerful tool to defuse dangerously tense relations with China, repair relations with the US government and gain public support in the country. I focus on Chen's inaugural speeches delivered on 20 May 2000 2 and 2004 3, which present the rationale for his new administration and his socio-political ideologies, and I review his political spectacle for Taiwan. Copyright © 2006 SAGE Publications.

Research Area(s)

  • Chen Shui-bian, Inaugural speech, Political discourse, Presidential rhetoric, Taiwan