Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts New Book Puts Taiwan Under the Microscope

New Book Puts Taiwan Under the Microscope

New Book Puts Taiwan Under the Microscope

Political Changes in Taiwan Book Jacket

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is proud to announce the release of a new book co-edited by Jacques deLisle, Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, and Jean-Pierre Cabestan of Hong Kong Baptist University. Political Changes in Taiwan Under Ma Ying-jeou: Partisan Conflict, Policy Choices, External Constraints and Security Challenges (Routledge, 2014) is a collection of papers on the changes in Taiwan’s domestic politics and foreign policy since the return to power of the Kuomintang (KMT) in 2008. This edited volume — based upon the results of a conference co-sponsored by FPRI, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Adenauer Foundation — is part of the Routledge Research on Taiwan Series.

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 includes the following chapters:


Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Hong Kong Baptist University) & Jacques deLisle (FPRI and University of Pennsylvania)

Part I: Political Developments

Continuity in the 2012 Presidential and Legislative Elections
Nathan F. Batto (University of the Pacific)

Taiwan’s Party System in the Ma Ying-jeou Era
Dafydd Fell (University of London)

The Role of the Legislative Yuan under Ma Ying-jeou: The Case of China-Policy Legislations and Agreements
Dai Shih-chan (University of New Orleans) & Wu Chung-li (Academia Sinica)

Part II: Economy and Society

Taiwan’s Economy in the Shadow of ECFA
Douglas Fuller (University of Miami)

The Resurgence of Social Movements under the Ma Ying-jeou Government (2008-2012): A Political Opportunity Structure Perspective
Ho Ming-sho (National Taiwan University)

Revisiting Identity Politics Under Ma Ying-jeou
Christopher R. Hughes (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Part III: The Relations Across the Taiwan Strait

Ma Ying-jeou’s Rapprochement Policy: Cross-Strait Progress and Domestic Constraints
Liu Fu-kuo (National Chengchi University)

Mainland China’s Peaceful Development Strategy and Cross-Strait Relations
Chu Shulong (Tsinghua University)

Part IV: Security Issues 
Better or Worse? Taiwan’s Changing Security Environment
Gudrun Wacker (Free University of Berlin)

Taiwan’s National Defense Transformation, Taiwan’s Security and US-Taiwan Relations
Lin Cheng-yi (Academia Sinica)

Part V: International Relations and Status

US-Taiwan Relations Since 2008
Richard Bush (Brookings Institution)

Japan-Taiwan Relations Since 2008: An Evolving Practical, not Strategic, Partnership
Ryo Sahashi (Kanagawa University)

Taiwan in International Organizations
Sigrid Winkler (Institute for European Studies)

Taiwan and Soft Power: Contending with China and Seeking Security
Jacques deLisle (FPRI and University of Pennsylvania)

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.

About the Editors

Jean-Pierre Cabestan is Head and Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program and the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and Deputy Directory of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He regularly publishes commentaries on Asian affairs as FPRI E-notes and in other media, and articles in FPRI’s journal, Orbis.