The years of the Ma Ying-jiu presidency in Taiwan were controversial from the beginning. When he came to power in 2008, Ma was considered the strongest and most popular KMT presidential candidate since Lee Teng-hui. However, his rapprochement towards China met with increasing resistance and by the time he stepped down in 2016, he enjoyed the lowest support rates of any incumbent president. What happened in between?
This book undertakes a balanced empirical assessment of the achievements and failures of the Ma Ying-jiu era. Renowned Taiwan scholars analyse the changing political environment that shaped the Ma presidency, covering important topics such as Taiwan’s evolving nationalism and rising civil societal activism, cross-strait economic integration and migration, and the factors determining its ‘international space’.
As the first comprehensive scholarly work on the Ma Ying-jiu presidency, this books is a must read for students and scholars of Taiwanese politics and society, cross-strait relations and East Asian politics in general.
Table of Contents
Introduction, André Beckerhoff and Gunter Schubert Part I Domestic Politics 1. The KMT’s China Policy: Gains and Failures, Jon Sullivan and James Smyth 2. The DPP’s China Policy before and during the Ma Ying-jiu Era, Gunter Schubert 3. Taiwanese Nationalism in the Age of Cross-Strait Integration – Predominance and Pragmatism in the Ma Ying-jeou Era, Liao Da-chi, Liu Cheng-shan and Chen Bo-yu 4. Economic Interests or National Sovereignty: Public Opinion on the Cross-Strait Dilemma during the Ma Ying-jeou Era, Chen Chih-Jou 5. The Rise of Civil Society Activism in the Ma Ying-jeou Era: The Genesis and Outcomes of the Sunflower Movement, Ho Ming-sho 6. Desirability and Accountability in the Governance of Immigration under the Ma Administration, Isabelle Cheng Part II Cross Strait Political Economy 7. Opportunities and Pitfalls of Cross-Strait Economic Integration in the Ma Ying-jeou Era: Taiwan after the ECFA, Tung Chen-yuan 8. Chinese Investment in Taiwan in the Ma Ying-jiu Era: the Opportunities and the Risks, Lee Chun-yi 9. The Drift: Industrial Policy under President Ma, Douglas B. Fuller 10. The Political Economy of Cross-Strait Rapprochement – Anatomy of a Hegemonic Project, André Beckershoff Part III International Relations 11. More International Space for Taiwan or Less?, Huang Kwei-Bo 12. Taiwan’s Soft Power and Public Diplomacy Under Ma Ying-jeou, Gary D. Rawnsley 13. Cross-Strait Détente? The Evolution of the US Taiwan-China Triangle in the Ma Ying-jiu Era, Lin Cheng-yi 14. Managing Territorial Nationalism in the South and East China Seas: The Ma administration’s approach, Chen Mumin
André Beckershoff is a Resident Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.
Gunter Schubert is Professor and Chair of Greater China Studies and Director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.