Recent Publication: Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan

Edited by Gunter Schubert

Routledge 2016

This publication includes contributions by Gunter Schubert,  Stefan Braig, and Stefan Fleischauer.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan offers a comprehensive overview of both contemporary Taiwan and the Taiwan studies field. Each contribution summarises the major findings in the field and highlights long-term trends, recent observations and possible future developments in Taiwan.


Written by an international team of experts, the chapters included in the volume form an accessible and fascinating insight into contemporary Taiwan. Up-to-date, interdisciplinary, and academically rigorous, the Handbook will be of interest to students, academics, policymakers and others in search of reliable information on Taiwanese politics, economics, culture and society.



Part 1: Political History

1. Taiwan in Late Ming and Qing China

2. Taiwan under Japanese Rule (1895-1945)

3. Retrocession and Authoritarian KMT Rule (1945-1986)

4. Taiwan after the Democratic Transition (1987-2014)

5. Taiwan’s Independence Movement

Part 2: Government and Politics

6. Political Parties and the Evolution of Taiwan’s Party System

7. Party Ideology in Democratic Taiwan

8. Elections

9. Local Factions

10. National Identity and "Ethnicity"

11. Transitional Justice and the Legal System

12. Politics and the Media

Part 3: Political Economy

13. The Developmental State and Taiwan: Origins and Adaptation

14. Mainland Investment and Taiwanese Entrepreneurs

15. Taiwan and Economic Globalization

Part 4: Society and Culture

16. The Development of Civil Society in Post-authoritarian Taiwan

17. Aborigines Movement

18. Labour Movement

19. Anti-Nuclear Power Movement

20. Gender and the Feminist Movement

21. Religion and Politics

22. Social Welfare

23. Trends in Modern Literature

24. Cultural Democratisation and Taiwan Cinema

Part 5: Cross-Strait Relations

25. Cross-Strait Dialogue and Policies

26. Cross-Strait Economic Integration

27. The China Factor in Taiwan: Impact and Response

28. Cross-strait Marriages and Immigration Policies

Part 6: International Relations and Security

29. Taiwan’s Foreign Policy and International Space

30. U.S.-Taiwan Relations

31. Taiwan and the South China See

32. European-Taiwan Relations

33. Security Policy

34. Taiwan’s Public Diplomacy