Have Taiwan’s Green Parties been a success or failure? There is not a simple answer to this question. In the last chapter, I discussed the emergence of the Green Party Taiwan (GPT) and the Trees Party. That took the analysis up to the threshold of declaration on my framework for plotting the lifespan of the Green Parties. The goal of this chapter is, then, to plot the development of the parties since their establishment. How and when have they crossed the subsequent lifespan thresholds that I laid out in Chapter 2? I will focus on three major areas of party development; these are electoral performance, media visibility and international engagement.

Plotting the parties’ development on these three dimensions will be critically important for the structure and analysis in the latter part of the book. This is because one of the core goals of this study, and of course much of the small parties literature, is to explain their changing electoral fortunes.