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Assessing the Lee Teng-hui legacy in Taiwan's politics : democratic consolidation and external relations
Chao, Linda.
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2002]

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xi, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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"An East gate book."
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The 12 years of Lee Teng-hui's presidency were marked by a series of contrary trends such as progress in the consolidation of Taiwan's democracy, and periodic conflicts with China. This book assesses the complex legacy of Lee Teng-hui by looking at his accomplishments and setbacks.

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Lee Teng-hui was Taiwan's president from the death of Chiang Chiang-kuo in 1985 to the election of Chen Shui-bian in 2000. He is noted globally for his efforts to consolidate the democratization of Taiwan's polity and society. He sought to create a new identity for Taiwan (and the Taiwan people) reflecting its economic power and increased capacity for self-determination, while diplomatically isolated. The downside of Lee's leadership was heightened tension between Taiwanese and mainlander, dangerous cross-strait relations, and increased corruption of Taiwan's political process. This volume, another in the M.E. Sharpe series "Taiwan in the Modern World," is the first to examine Lee's legacy. It is the product of a conference held soon after Lee's departure from the presidency (but not from controversy) and unfolds in four parts with contributions by 16 Taiwan scholars. An introduction analyzes Lee' work in general terms. Part 2 evaluates Lee's impact on both political and macroeconomic performance. Part 3 discusses changes in Taiwan's party system and electoral alignment, and part 4 examines Lee's impact on external relations. For the most part, authors attempt balance in their assessment of Lee, but the overall tone of the volume is critical. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers, Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. A. McBeath University of Alaska Fairbanks

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Part I Introduction
1 Introduction: Assessing the Lee Teng-hui LegacyChienmin Chao and Bruce J. Dickson
2 Some Problems In Taiwan's Democratic ConsolidationPeter R. Moody, Jr.
Part II Lee Teng-hui's Political Leadership
3 Lee Teng-hui's Role in Taiwan's Democratization: a Preliminary AssessmentYa-li Lu
4 Consolidating Democracy in the Republic of China on Taiwan, 1996-2000Ramon H. Myers and Linda Chao and Tai-chun Kuo
5 Taiwan's Macroeconomic Performance in the 1990s: An OverviewShu-Heng Chen
Part III Taiwan's Party System and Electoral Behavior
6 Whither the Kuomintang?John Fuh-sheng Hsieh
7 The Democratic Progressive Party in 2000: Obstacles and OpportunitiesShelley Rigger
8 The March 2000 Election in Historical and Comparative Perspectives: Strategic Voting, the Third Party, and the Non-Duvergerian OutcomeTun-jen Cheng and Yung-ming Hsu
9 The Republic of China's Foreign Relations Under President Lee Teng-hui: A Balance SheetChien-min Chao
Part IV Lee Teng-hui's Impact on Taiwan's External Relations
10 Cross-Strait Relations: Buying Time Without StrategyJulian J. Kuo
11 Reunification Strategy: Beijing Versus Lee Teng-huiSuisheng Zhao
12 National Defense and the Changing Security EnvironmentWen-cheng Lin and cheng-yi Lin
13 Taiwan's Challenge to U.S. Foreign PolicyBruce J. Dickson
About the Editors and Contributors