chapter  4
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Taiwan’s petrochemical industry and the Kuokuang Petrochemical Naphtha Cracker

Between 2008 and 2011 environmentalists successfully opposed and stopped the construction of Taiwan’s controversial eighth naphtha cracker of Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co. (國光石化科技 guoguang shihua keji), KPT, in central Taiwan. Through documentary analysis and in-depth stakeholders’ interviews, this chapter analyzes how the different actors involved framed the protest campaign by positing particular attention to the employment of rules-based participatory approaches. Towards the end, the analysis shifts to the issue of “strategic timing,” considering that the protest took place in a pre-electoral year, and attempts to gauge to which extent such political and electoral concerns have ultimately influenced the cancelation of the project.