This article applies the “strategic group” concept to Taiwanese entrepreneurs (taishang), who have businesses in both Taiwan and Mainland China, to analyze their political agency in safeguarding their collective interests. Based on extensive fieldwork, the authors look at taishang collective action in both formal and informal settings to assess whether the taishang can be considered a strategic group in contemporary cross-Strait relations.
Are Taiwanese Entrepreneurs a Strategic Group?: Reassessing Taishang Political Agency across the Taiwan Strait
Gunter Schubert is Chair Professor of Greater China Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany. He is also the founder and director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at this university. He specializes in local policy implementation and private-sector reforms in the PRC, cross-Strait political economy, and Taiwanese politics. Email: <gunter.schubert@universität-tuebingen.de>.
Ruihua Lin is Assistant Professor at the School of Public Economics and Administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She specializes in Taiwanese business people in China, cross-Strait relations, and comparative politics and economics. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Jean Yu-Chen Tseng is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Affairs, Fo-Guang University, Yilan County, Taiwan. Her research interests cover international relations, comparative politics, and cross-Strait relations, in particular the political implications of socioeconomic integration between Taiwan and China. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Gunter Schubert, Ruihua Lin, Jean Yu-Chen Tseng; Are Taiwanese Entrepreneurs a Strategic Group?: Reassessing Taishang Political Agency across the Taiwan Strait. Asian Survey 1 October 2017; 57 (5): 856–884. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.5.856
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