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The impact of social movements on Taiwan's democracy

Der Einfluß sozialer Bewegungen auf Taiwans Demokratie
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Philion, Stephen

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Abstract This article discusses and critiques the four articles that comprise this volume on Taiwan’s social movement and democratization. I argue that the four articles suggest that while Taiwan’s social movements have made a clear impact on Taiwan’s democratization, they remain challenged by the neo-liberal orientation of elected governments, in both KMT and DPP forms. The article provides brief comparison to East Asian NICs and Western experiences with social movements. A strength of the articles is their attention to the complex ways social movements and democratization have impacted each other for the past two decades, with attention to unintended consequences. It concludes with some thoughts on the implications of how nationalism and globalization will continue to shape the potential of social movements in Taiwan.
Keywords Taiwan; social movement; democratization; influence; labor movement; women's movement; memorial; citizens' movement; globalization; civil society; party system; elite; reform; neoliberalism; China; Far East; networking; Asia
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Method applied research; historical
Free Keywords Social sciences; democratization; social/ political movements; neoliberalism; globalization; civil society; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 149-163
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2010) 3
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works