Taiwan's Socio-Economic Relations with Mainland China
The Policy Impact of Non-State Actors
By Winnie King
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Most studies of Taiwan-mainland China relations have focused on government policies and international strategic issues. As this book shows, however, an increasingly important factor driving Taiwan-mainland China relations is the role of non-state actors. The book examines four areas of interaction – cross-Strait education policy, cross-Strait marriages and marital migration, business and the role of informal institutions, especially the Taiwanese Businessmen’s Association, in supporting trade, and the role of entrepreneurs as the initiators and drivers of official Taiwanese policy. The book shows how very considerable the links are all areas; how links do not always lead to formal integrative policies, as with the failure of the campaign for the recognition of mainland China degrees in Taiwan; but how, especially with business and trade, the links between Taiwan and mainland China are strong and growing.
1. Introduction 2. Politics, Policy and Pragmatism in Cross-Strait Relations 3. Mainland Chinese Degree Recognition: The Costs and Burden of Politics 4. Cross-Strait Marital Immigration: The Value-Added of Transnational Resources and Activism 5. Circumventing the State: Informal Institutions, Support Networks and the Taiwanese Businessmen’s Association 6. Taiwanese Businessmen’s Association Schools: Private Entrepreneurs as Innovative Policy Leaders 7. Reconciling Engagement with Policy Reform in Cross-Strait Relations
Winnie King is a Research Fellow in Chinese International Political Economy in the Centre for East Asian Studies in the University of Bristol, UK.