Taiwan, Humanitarianism and Global Governance

By Alain Guilloux

© 2009 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

In this unique book, Alain Guilloux uses four major elements of governance - namely norms, actors, processes, and outcomes - to examine Taiwan’s national governance as well as its participation in global governance in relation to humanitarian aid.

Including case studies on Taiwan’s application to become an observer to the WHO, and its foreign-aid policy and practice dealing with disease outbreaks and natural disasters, Guilloux explores the complexities and dilemmas of providing humanitarian aid to people in need and distress. Taking into account Taiwan's unclear status in the global arena, and how in its efforts Taiwan faces both international isolation and opposition from the People's Republic of China at multiple levels.

Taiwan, Humanitarianism and Global Governance will be of interest for scholars of Chinese studies, Taiwan Studies, East Asian politics and International Relations, and environmental politics and humanitarian studies.


'This book offers a fascinating insight into how governance in Taiwan works, taking into account the various motives of the different actors.' - Jens Damm, Chang Jung University, The China Journal, No. 63

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Analytical Framework: States and Governance 3. Taiwan: State, Governance and Society in Perspective 4. Taiwan’s Who Campaign: Key Governance Elements 5. Taiwan’s Who Campaign: Discussion 6. Taiwan’s Medical and Humanitarian Aid Experience: Key Governance Elements 7. Taiwan’s Medical and Humanitarian Aid Experience: Discussion 8. Conclusion: A Revisiting

About the Author

Alain Guilloux gained a PhD in political science from the University of Hong Kong in 2007. He is a former executive, board member and member of the international council of Médecins Sans Frontières and works as a researcher, consultant, writer and speaker on humanitarian and governance issues.

About the Series

Routledge Research on Taiwan Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General