1st Edition

Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen Changes and Challenges

Edited By June Teufel Dreyer, Jacques deLisle Copyright 2021
    334 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    334 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book assesses the forces that led to the election of Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016 and re-election in 2020, and provides the first comprehensive treatment of this pivotal period in Taiwan’s politics, policy, and international relations.

    The Democratic Progressive Party’s victory in Taiwan’s 2016 presidential and legislative elections marked several significant turning points. The third peaceful transition of power between political parties during Taiwan’s democratic era heralded further consolidation of Taiwan’s democracy, and Tsai Ing-wen’s election gave the Republic of China its first female president. Her administration has pursued an ambitious agenda of domestic and foreign policy reforms, and has faced challenges that include steering through economic transitions, addressing contentious issues of social justice, national identity and cultural change, and navigating an external environment defined by an increasingly powerful and hostile China, and a more supportive but less predictable United States. In Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen, leading experts from the US and Taiwan chart the progress and problems of Tsai’s first term and the prospects for Taiwan during her second term and beyond.

    As a study of a crucial era of politics in Taiwan, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, Political Science, Law, Economics and International Relations.

    1. Introduction: Change, Continuity and Challenges for Taiwan in the Tsai Era

    Jacques deLisle and June Teufel Dreyer

    2. Elections and the Challenges of Governing in Taiwan Under Tsai

    Richard C. Bush

    3. Kuomintang Agonistes: Party Politics in Taiwan

    Shelley Rigger

    4. Taiwan’s Need for New Attitudes, Aims, and Actions to Further Economic Growth

    Pochih Chen

    5. Taiwan in International Economic Relations

    Peter C.Y. Chow

    6. Constructive Build-up of Taiwan’s Defense

    York W. Chen

    7. Cross-Strait Relations under the Tsai Administration

    L.C. Russell Hsiao and H.H. Michael Hsiao

    8. U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Do Past Patterns Persist in the Tsai Era?

    Vincent Wei-cheng Wang and Jacques deLisle

    9. Taiwan-Japanese Relations in the Tsai Era

    June Teufel Dreyer

    10. Taiwan’s Quest for International Space in the Tsai Era: Adapting Old Strategies to New Circumstances

    Jacques deLisle

    11. Taiwan’s Culture Wars from "Re-China-ization" to "Taiwan-ization" and Beyond: Tsai’s Cultural Policy in Long-Term Perspective

    Fang-long Shih


    June Teufel Dreyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, USA and a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, USA. She is also the author of China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition, 10th Edition (Routledge, 2019) and Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun (2017).

    Jacques deLisle is Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, USA. He is co-editor of Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou (Routledge, 2014) and China’s Global Engagement (2017).