Taiwan’s economic downturn and wealth gap, under the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis, spurred livelihood/redistributive questions to become electoral issues. This paper explores the linkage between the wealth gap and electoral campaigns, and points to a new political economy trend in today’s Taiwan: class mobilization has become the new driver of party politics, with identity mobilization played down.
Taiwan’s Wealth Gap and the Evolution of Electoral Politics after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis
Zhenqing Zheng is Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China. The author wishes to thank Wu Yongping, Liu Zhentao, and Yin Cunyi for their help in preparing this paper. He is also indebted to anonymous reviewers for their criticisms and advice. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Zhenqing Zheng; Taiwan’s Wealth Gap and the Evolution of Electoral Politics after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Asian Survey 1 October 2013; 53 (5): 825–853. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.5.825
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