Taiwan’s Land Use after World War II: An Ecological Modernization Approach

  • Hsin-Hsun Huang
  • Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
  • Shih-Jung Hsu
Part of the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History book series (PSWEH)


Post-war Taiwan’s environment paid dearly for its so-called economic ‘miracle’. Various environmental problems resulted from Taiwan’s specific political economy, namely, that of a ‘developmental state’, favouring economic growth and development. Such a political-economic structure has affected, if not determined, environmental policy in Taiwan. This research adopts the theory of ecological modernization (EM) to investigate and understand the historical course of shifts in land use and industrial policy in relation to the imperatives of Taiwan’s developmental state.


Industrial Policy Industrial Park Ecological Modernization Land Policy Environmental Protection Administration 


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