Throughout the twentieth century Taiwan was viewed as a model - whether in terms of a model colony, a model China or a development model. This perception was based on the notion of Taiwan undergoing an economic miracle and political developments. Yet much of Taiwan’s history is unique and may not be readily replicable elsewhere.
Written by an impressive line up of contributors from the US, UK, Taiwan, France and Hong Kong, this book analyzes Taiwan’s economic and political achievements, and asks whether it is possible to identify through the experience of a single nation – Taiwan – the makings of a replicable model.
This book will appeal to students and scholars of Taiwan, political economy, and Asia-Pacific regional development issues.
Introduction R.F. Ash and J. Megan Greene 1. Economic Life in Mainland China and Taiwan and the Rise of a Productive Market Economy Ramon H. Myers 2. Taiwan’s Success and Vulnerability: Lessons for the 21st Century Gustav Ranis 3. Taiwan’s Development Experience: Stability with Growth, 1950-2002 Erik Thorbecke and Henry Wan 4. Can the ‘Taiwan Model’ of Growth with Equity be Replicated in the South East Asian Context? Anne Booth 5. Comparative Productivity Performance in Manufacturing between Taiwan and Mainland China, 1961-1997 Harry X. Wu and Xinpeng Xu 6. Taiwan’s Knowledge Based Economy: A Historical Perspective on Higher Education, Manpower Planning and Economic Development J. Megan Greene 7. Re-engineering the Developmental State in an Age of Globalization: Taiwan’s Quest for High-tech Industries Yun-han Chu 8. Democratisation in a Chinese Community: Lessons from Taiwan Steve Tsang 9. Democratic Transition and the Rule of Law in Taiwan: A Development Model for the Third World? Bernard Y. Kao 10. Constitutional Developments in Taiwan and Democratisation of the Republic of China: A Model or a Precedent for the People’s Republic of China? Jean-Pierre Cabestan 11. A Tocquevillian Process: Taiwan’s Democratisation and its Paradoxical Foundations Françoise Mengin 12. Is the Party Over? Taiwan’s KMT from Power to Opposition Thomas B. Gold