Democratization and Welfare State Development in Taiwan: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Democratization and Welfare State Development in Taiwan

1st Edition

By Christian Aspalter


172 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138731813
pub: 2019-09-27
SAVE ~$23.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 27th September 2019
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315188829
pub: 2019-07-23
from $20.00

FREE Standard Shipping!


This title was first published in 2002: Since the bloodless transition from authoritarian state to fully-fledged democracy, Taiwan has undergone a period of dramatic social and political change. In a political culture increasingly dominated by platforms built on social policy issues, this book provides an intriguing case study of the application of welfare state theories to the real-life social development of Taiwan. Combining a state-of-the-art discussion of the major theoretical schools of thought with in-depth analysis of the electoral promises and programmes in recent Taiwanese elections, the book looks at the direct causal relationship between political competition in democratic elections and welfare state construction. It will prove essential reading for all those interested in the area of comparative social policy, welfare theory, Asian studies and politics.


’…ground breaking in that while most work on Taiwan's democratization focuses on the transition process, this book sheds light on how democracy has affected public policy in Taiwan…I recommend the book to postgraduate or undergraduate students interested in Taiwan's electoral politics or comparative social welfare.’ The China Quarterly ’This author commands attention, both literally…and figuratively…The details offered are often fascinating…’ Social Policy ’…the strength of this study is in the vast amount of relevant data presented, which will be invaluable to scholars doing comparative studies of social welfare.’ Democratization ’…an important book which should be essential reading for anyone interested in social policy in Taiwan today. The book is thoroughly grounded in a historical perspective and it offers helpful insights into the country, its politics and its social welfare system.’ Social Development Issues ’This book tackles an innovative topic on contemporary Taiwan…the book provides interesting insights into the dynamism of Taiwan’s new democracy.’ The China Journal

Table of Contents

Introduction; Welfare state theory; The political context of the welfare state in Taiwan; The development of the Taiwanese welfare state; The impact of the 1997 elections on social policy; The impact of the 1998 elections on social policy; Conclusions; Appendices; References.

About the Author

Christian Aspalter

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General