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Taiwan's Democracy
Economic and Political Challenges

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ISBN 9780415604581
Published August 10, 2011 by Routledge
216 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Taiwan’s rapid industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s, combined with the democratic revolution that began with the lifting of martial law in 1987 were of deep historic importance. Over the next decade Taiwan’s "political miracle" matched its earlier "economic miracle" creating a vibrant liberal democracy complete with freedom of speech, association and assembly, rule of law, and competitive and fair multi-party elections. The continuation of these achievements and the new challenges that have surfaced are addressed in rich detail in the chapters of this volume by an international team of experts. One of the biggest such challenges is Mainland China’s economic success, which has added to the complexity of Taiwan’s economic and political policy options. A number of the contributors to this volume consider Taiwan’s response to China’s economic rise and show how Taiwanese companies have strategically taken advantage of the changing economic environment by moving up the value chain of production within Taiwan while also taking the opportunity to invest overseas.

With chapters covering a wealth of topics including:

  • Constitutional reform
  • National identity
  • Party politics
  • Taiwan's development model
  • Industrial policy
  • Trade and investment
  • Globalization
  • Sustainable development

Taiwan's Democracy will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, Chinese politics and economics, international politics and economics, and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction John Garver  Part 1: Constitutional Debate Amidst Political Challenges  2. The Politics of Constitutional Reform in Taiwan Shelley Rigger  3. Negotiating National Identity in Taiwan: Between Nativisation and De-Sinicisation Christopher R. Hughes  4. The Polarization of Taiwan’s Party Competition in the DPP Era Dafydd Fell  Part 2: Economic Restructuring in the Global Context  5. Is the Taiwan Model of Growth, Human Resource Development and Equity Sustainable in the Twenty-First Century? Anne Booth  6. Taiwan’s Industrial Policy and the Economic Rise of the PRC: Opportunities and Challenges Yun-Peng Chu and Gee San  7. Trade, Investment and Technological Upgrading: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Taiwan Barry Naughton  8. Globalization, Dynamic Comparative Advantage and Taiwan’s Drive for Sustainable Development Peter C.Y. Chow

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Ash, Robert; Garver, John W.; Prime, Penelope


‘ This collection of 8 essays [...] gives a flavour of the sorts of issues that studying and dealing with Taiwan, for those inside and outside the island, presents.’ -- Kerry Brown, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, in the Journal of International and Global Studies, 3:1, (November 2011)