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Resisting Naphtha Crackers

A historical survey of environmental politics in Taiwan
Ming-sho Ho
p. 5-14


Protests against naphtha crackers have been an important trend in Taiwan’s environmentalism since their emergence in the mid-1980s. This article analyses ten protest cases (1987-2011) to understand the evolution of environmental politics. I draw the following conclusions: (1) with the growing public awareness of pollution, new petrochemical projects are increasingly facing popular opposition; (2) the environmental movement assumes less partisanship, although ideological differences between the political parties still remains; (3) the mobilising capacity of NGOs is on the rise and has become the key factor in the success of protests.

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Bibliographical reference

Ming-sho Ho, « Resisting Naphtha Crackers », China Perspectives, 2014/3 | 2014, 5-14.

Electronic reference

Ming-sho Ho, « Resisting Naphtha Crackers », China Perspectives [Online], 2014/3 | 2014, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 16 June 2019. URL :

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About the author

Ming-sho Ho

Ming-sho Ho is a professor at the Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University.Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Roosevelt Rd. Sec 4., Taipei City, 10617, Taiwan (

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