Political Conflict and Economic Interdependence across the Taiwan Strait and Beyond

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By Scott L. Kastner

Why is it that political conflict between countries sometimes undermines commerce between those states, and yet at other times it seems to have little or no effect on cross-border economic flows? The question is an important one, yet, while numerous studies have considered how and to what extent international political conflict affects trade, few consider how and when economic linkages can develop despite hostile political relations. This book addresses that gap, and demonstrates that the impact of international political conflict on economic interests - because such leaders will try to prevent political disputes with other countries from spilling over into economic arenas. The author develops this argument primarily through a detailed case study of a critically important contemporary case: the relationship between Mainland China and Taiwan. He then tests it via two shorter case studies.

"This is first rate political science, presenting a very well formulated and interesting research question - does economic interdependence mitigate inter-state conflict, particularly for the Taiwan-mainland relationship. There is no book like it on the market, and its ability to summarize Cross-Straits ties and put them within a theoretical and analytical framework is terrific." - David Zweig

Scott L. KASTNER is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Studies in Asian Security
Publication Year: 2010
256 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-495-1, Paperback

NUS Press and Stanford University Press