Comparing the cross-Strait economic policies of KMT and DPP, 2008-2016: Implications for the future politics of Taiwan

Chi Yeung CHIU, Kam Yee LAW

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Abstract

This paper discusses and analyzes the cross-Strait economic policies of the KMT and the DPP in three presidential elections since 2008. The dilemma between the necessity of regional economic integration and the rise of the Taiwanese identity as a result of democratization has led to signs of convergence in terms of cross-Strait economic policies between the two parties in response to international economic environment despite their difference of emphasis and their priorities in facing the global economy. With reference to the implications for the future politics of Taiwan, this study suggested that the growing importance of economic agenda, which bridges the Blue-Green divide, is actually conducive to democratic consolidation in Taiwan. Democratic consolidation has simultaneously reinforced the concept of “stateness” in the development of the Taiwanese identity, which has, in return, challenged the spillover effect of cross-Strait economic relations. Copyright © 2017 National Sun Yat-sen University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1273-1303
JournalContemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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Economic Policy
consolidation
Taiwan
international economics
politics
economic relations
regional integration
economic integration
presidential election
democratization
economy
economics

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Chiu, A. C.-Y., & Law, K.-Y. (2017). Comparing the cross-Strait economic policies of KMT and DPP, 2008-2016: Implications for the future politics of Taiwan. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal, 3(3), 1273-1303.

Keywords

  • Cross-Strait relations
  • Economic policy
  • Electoral democracy
  • Partisan politics
  • Taiwanese identity