ABSTRACT

In 2008 Ma Ying-jeou was elected President of Taiwan, and the Kuomintang (KMT) returned to power after eight years of rule by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Since taking power, the KMT has faced serious difficulties, as economic growth has been sluggish, society has been polarised over issues of identity and policy, and rapprochement between Taipei and Beijing has met with suspicion or reservation among large segments of Taiwanese society. Indeed, while improved relations with the United States have bolstered Taiwan’s security, warming cross-Strait relations have in turn made Taiwan more dependent upon and vulnerable to an increasingly powerful China.

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the return of the Kuomintang (KMT) to power, and examines the significant domestic political, economic, social and international challenges and changes that have characterized Taiwan since 2008. It identifies the major domestic, cross-Strait and foreign policy trends, and addresses key issues such as

  • elections and Taiwan’s party system;
  • the role of the presidency and legislature;
  • economic development; social movements;
  • identity politics;
  • developments in cross-Strait relations;
  • Taiwan’s security environment and national defence policies;
  • relations with the US and Japan.

In turn, the contributors look towards the final years of Ma’s presidency and beyond, and the structural realities – both domestic and external – that will shape Taiwan’s future.

Political Changes in Taiwan Under Ma Ying-jeou will be of great interest to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, comparative politics, international relations, and economics. It will also appeal to policy makers working in the field.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction: Taiwan at a crossroads

ByJEAN - PIERRE CABESTAN AND JACQUES DELISLE

part |2 pages

Part I Political developments

part |2 pages

Part II Economy and society

chapter 4|15 pages

ECFA’s empty promise and hollow threat

ByDOUGLAS B . FULLER

chapter 6|17 pages

Revisiting identity politics under Ma Ying- jeou

ByCHRISTOPHER R . HUGHES

part |2 pages

Part III The relations across the Taiwan Strait

part |2 pages

Part IV Security issues

part |2 pages

Part V International relations and status

chapter 11|15 pages

US–Taiwan relations since 2008

ByRICHARD C . BUSH

chapter 13|18 pages

Taiwan in international organizations: new road ahead or dead- end?

BySIGRID WINKLER

chapter 14|31 pages

Taiwan and soft power: contending with China and seeking security

ByJACQUES DELISLE