Lev Nachman is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the relationship between social movements and political parties, with a special regional interest in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He also holds an M.A. in International Studies from the Hopkins Nanjing Center. For GTI, Lev considers the 2014 Umbrella movement in Hong Kong and Sunflower movement in Taiwan to see how social movement activists in both places have tried to gain a foothold in formal politics by using a mixture of social movement tactics and political party organizational tools. He asks why some movement parties succeeded while others failed, and why.