The Administration of Chen Shui-bian

Steven M. Goldstein and Julian Chang, editors

In late July, 2006, Yu Shyi-kun, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), addressed the party’s 12th congress and offered an “apology” (daoqian) for the DPP’s failure “to meet the expectations of the society and people of Taiwan during the previous six years.” As charges of corruption and calls for the president’s resignation swirled around the embattled Chen Shui-bian administration, Yu’s frank admission of failure reflected the crisis of self-confidence and pessimism that seemed to have gripped the party.

In this book we discuss some of the main themes which emerged following Chen Shui-bian’s election and seek to elucidate the major challenges that the administration faced as well as the policies that Chen established. This serves as a foundation for the individual chapters assessing the direction that the Chen Shui-bian administration has taken in regard to the major issue areas of: domestic political dynamics; socio-political “hot buttons” and foreign policy/national security. Each chapter addresses the question of how the Chen administration’s first term defined, debated and impacted specific aspects of the evolving Taiwanese polity.

Contents Introduction * A New Constitutional Balance and the Prospect for Constitutional Change in Taiwan * Inter-Party Competition in Taiwan: Towards a New Party System? * Taiwan’s Evolving National Identity since the DPP Takeover: From Civic to Ethnic? * History, Identity, and Politics: The First Chen Shui-bian Administration’s Efforts to Craft Taiwan’s History * The New Political Economy after Regime Turnover in Taiwan: An Assessment of the First Chen Shui-bian Administration * Managing Relations with the United States * Cross-Strait Relations under the First Chen Administration * The Evolution and Assessment of Cross-Strait Economic Relations in The First Term of the Chui Shui-bian Administration * Taiwan’s Changing Security Environment * Postscript: Chen Shui-bian and the Political Transition in Taiwan

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