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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-34
Comprehensive Study on Taiwan II: Taiwan’s Politics after Democratization


Chen Shui-bian assumed the presidency in 2000, marking the first democratic change of power in Taiwan. Despite the hopes of many, Chen’s administration has failed to overcome difficulties in internal and foreign affairs and has frustrated his supporters.

Moreover several scandals within the government have come to light since 2005, stirring up severe criticism. From the perspective of the Island’s political history, what role has Chen’s administration played? This is the first question for our project. A presidential election will be held in 2008. Our second question is what the new administration will inherit from Chen’s administration and what it will change.

Two implications are expected to be derived from the results of our research project. First, several Asian countries, including Taiwan, have accomplished democratization since the 1980s, but they have disappointed people. We can likely contribute to deepening understanding about the backgrounds behind their poor performances. Second, we will also examine the relation between Taiwan and China.

The stability of the relation has a significant influence on other East Asian countries, and our research can therefore be considered one indispensable element of arguments about international relations in East Asia.


April 2007 - March 2009


WAKABAYASHI Masahiro (Professor, University of Tokyo)

Members of the Research Project

WAKABAYASHI Masahiro (Professor, University of Tokyo)
SATO Yukihito
OGASAWARA Yoshiyuki (Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
MATSUDA Yasuhiro (Senior Fellow, The National Institute foe Defense Studies)
MATSUMOTO Mitsutoyo (Associate Professor, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies)