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Contested Governance in Japan

Sites and Issues

Edited by Glenn D. Hook

© 2005 – Routledge

268 pages

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Contested Governance in Japan extends the analysis of governance in contemporary Japan by exploring both the sites and issues of governance above and below the state as well as within it. This volume discusses the contested nature of governance in Japan and the ways in which a range of actors are involved in different sites and issues of governance at home, in the region and the globe. It includes chapters on global governance, local policy-making, democracy, environmental governance, the Japanese financial system, corruption, the family and corporate governance.


'Hook provides a very worthwhile, carefully-constructed and readable introduction to the major themes in both sections and draws the readers attention to the links between the wide-ranging offerings. The writing throughout is clear and concise and jargon is kept to a minimum. The overall result is a densely packed but deeply satisfying book that repays careful reading.' - Asian Studies, Nov 2006

Table of Contents

Introduction - Contested Governance in Japan: Modes, sites and issues Part 1 Sites of Governance 1. Global Governance, the G7/8 Summit and Japan 2. Japan's Role in Emerging East Asian Governance: Regional and national implications 3. Governance, Democracy and the Political Economy of the Japanese State 4. Local Governance: The role of referenda and the rise of independent governors 5. Governance, Globalization and the Japanese Financial System: Resistance or restructuring? 6. Koizumi's 'Robust Policy': Governance, the Japanese welfare employment regime and comparative gender studies Part 2 Issues of Governance 7. Japan and Global Environmental Governance 8. Governance, Asian Migrants and the role of Civil Society 9. Corruption and Governance in Japan 10. Whose Problem? Japan's homeless people as an issue of local and central governance 11. The Political Economy of Japanese 'Corporate Governance': A metaphor for capitalist rationalization 12. Governance though the Family: The political function of the domestic in Japan

About the Editor

Glenn Hook is Director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies and Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK.

About the Series

Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/Routledge Series

This well-established series with one of the pre-eminent institutions for Japanese Studies in Europe publishes cutting-edge research and authoritative introductory texts on modern Japan and the Japanese. Editorial policy encourages leading and promising younger scholars to contribute especially social scientific analysis on a wide range of Japan-related subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
HISTORY / Reference
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General