1st Edition

Japan's Interventionist State The Role of the MAFF

By Aurelia George-Mulgan Copyright 2005
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Japan's Interventionist State gives a detailed examination of Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and its role in promoting, protecting and preserving the regime of agricultural support and protection. This account is integral to the author's extended and multidimensional explanation for why Japan continues to provide high levels of assistance to its farmers and why it continues to block market access concessions in the WTO and other agricultural trade talks.

    1. Introduction Part 1 The Interventionist State Model 2. Modes and Means of Government Intervention 3. Theorising Government Intervention and Bureaucratic Self-Interest Part 2 The MAFF And Agricultural Intervention 4. The MAFF 5. Modes and Means of Agricultural Intervention 6. Agricultural Intervention and Bureaucratic Self-Interest Part 3 The Pursuit Of MAFF Interests In Intervention 7. Maintaining the Foundations of MAFF Intervention 8. The Three Pillars of MAFF Agricultural Policy Conclusion


    Aurelia George-Mulgan is Associate Professor of Politics at the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Australia. She has published widely in the area of Japanese politics and agriculture and is the author of The Politics of Agriculture in Japan (Routledge, 2000).

    'This book represents the most comprehensive analysis of Japan's agricultural bureaucracy available in English. It offers insights into the rationale behind the interventionist regime and a detailed picture of how Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF) guides every aspect of agricultural production in Japan.' - Japanese J. of Political Science, Volume 6


    'The goal of this book is to examine Japan's agricultural political economy. The focus on Japan allows for incredibly exhaustive analysis within a modest sized text book.'

    - Christina Davis, - Japanese J. of Political Science, Volume 6