Liang Jiang is a PhD Researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He arrived at UTS in March 2014 having previously studied for Master degree in the Department of Government at the Univeristy of Essex. His research is in the fields of electoral behaviour, election campaign, British politics, Australian politics, and Taiwan politics.
The current research focuses on comparative political behaviour, political integration of migrants, internet and politics, and religion and politics
Jiang, L 2018, 'Does the effectiveness of campaigns depend on voters’ predispositions? A comparative study of British and Taiwanese election campaigns', Asian Journal of Communication, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 135-152.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017, © AMIC/WKWSCI-NTU 2017. Using data from the 2010 British Election Study and the 2012 Taiwan Election and Democratization Study, this paper investigates the impact of political predispositions on the association between election campaigns and voting choice in Britain and Taiwan. Findings show that the political predispositions of partisanship (strength), political sophistication and election interest do play moderating roles in the association between campaigns and voting choice in Britain and Taiwan. Of these predispositions, the study finds no differences in the moderating roles of partisanship and political sophistication in Britain and Taiwan. However, election interest plays a moderating role differently in Britain and Taiwan. This paper argues that this finding may be attributed to differences in the political contexts of the two democracies. The findings of this study offer new insights into comparative political communication, indicating that the impact of election campaigns depends on individuals’ political predispositions.
Jiang, L 2017, 'Does Religious Attendance Increase Immigrant Political Participation?: A Case Study in Australia', Politics and Religion, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 440-460.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. The relationship between religion and immigrant political participation has not been rigorously investigated in the literature set in Australia. In this study, I test whether religious attendance influences electoral and non-electoral participation among immigrants. Drawing on data from the 2013 Australian Election Study, I demonstrate that the impact of religious attendance on political participation may be overstated. I find that religious attendance is not significantly related to electoral and non-electoral participation among immigrants in Australia. This result may relate to three factors: the ability of religious attendance to affect immigrants' key political resources; competition between religious and secular organizations; and the political salience of particular religious denominations within the Australian context. This study does not provide the much sought-after empirical confirmation to associational theories of political participation, but instead sounds a note of caution about the universal applicability of such theories.
Jiang, L 2017, 'Why context matters: the role of campaign context in the relationship between digital media use and political participation', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 580-598.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Australian Political Studies Association. Many questions remain about the effects of digital media use on citizens’ political engagement. This article argues that this is because such effects depend on the context in which digital media are used. Its findings are based on two cross-sectional sets from the 2010 and 2013 Australian Election Study and show that (1) political resources played different moderating roles in the association between digital media and offline participation, and (2) such a moderating role depended on different campaign contexts in the two elections, with context affecting political efficacy. The findings confirm that campaign context can function as leverage in motivating online news consumption and political participation, thereby emphasising the importance of political contexts in media use and political behaviour.
Using data from the 2013 Australian Election Study, this article investigates voting patterns among Australian voters from non-English-speaking backgrounds (NESB). It reveals that a valence politics model – comparing images of the two major parties and their leaders, partisan attachments, and judgements about party performance on economic issues – outperforms rival models. That is, it provides a powerful explanation of the decisions NESB voters made. In deciding between competing parties in the 2013 election, NESB voters resembled Australian voters who emigrated from English-speaking backgrounds and Australian-born voters. The findings of this article offer new insights into electoral research in Australia, indicating that previous studies have underestimated the important role of the valence politics model in explaining voting patterns among Australian voters. The article also provides plausible explanations for the convergence between various cohorts of voters in the 2013 election.
Jiang, L 2015, 'The Effects of Religious Attendance on Immigrant Political Participation in Australia'.