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The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Alisa Gaunder


448 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics is an advanced level

reference guide which surveys the current state of Japanese politics,

featuring both traditional topics and cutting edge research. The volume

is divided into five sections covering:

  • domestic politics
  • civil society
  • social policy
  • political economy
  • and international relations/security

The first four sections begin with an overview chapter that provides

historical background information on the section’s overarching topic.

The chapters that follow explore more specific topics in the sub-area.

In the final section, historical background information is contained in

the individual chapters which cover the diverse areas of international

political economy, security and foreign policy.

Offering a complete overview of the full spectrum of Japanese politics,

the Handbook is an invaluable resource for academics, researchers,

policy analysts, graduate and undergraduate students studying this

ever-evolving field.


"Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate student collections."--J. C. Hickman, CHOICE (February 2012)

Table of Contents

Section 1: Domestic Politics 1. The Institutional Landscape of Japanese Politics Alisa Gaunder 2. The Liberal Democratic Party: An Explanation of its Successes and Failures Steven R. Reed 3. The Democratic Party of Japan: Development, Organization and Programmatic Profile Patrick Koellner 4. The Rationale for Coalition Government J.A.A. Stockwin 5. Prime Ministerial Leadership Tomohito Shinoda 6. Election Systems and Campaign Rules Ray Christensen 7. Money in Japanese Politics: Regulation and Reform Matthew Carlson 8. The Influence of Voters Sherry L. Martin 9. Democratizing the Law in Japan Jonathan David Marshall 10. Local Government in Japan Jun Saito and Kyohei Yamada Section 2: Civil Society 11. State and Civil Society in Japan Yuko Kawato, Robert Pekkanen and Hidehiro Yamamoto 12.The Japanese Conception of Citizenship Yumiko Mikanagi 13. Volunteer Organizations (Re)making Democracy in Japan Mary Alice Haddad 14. Civil Society and the Internet Isa Ducke 15. The Labor Movement Lonny E. Carlile 16. The Women’s Movements Ki-young Shin Section 3: Social and Public Policy 17. The Rise (and Fall?) of Social Equality: The Evolution of Japan’s Welfare State Gregory J. Kasza 18. Policies for an Aging/Declining Fertility Society Len Schoppa 19. Gender-Related Social Policy Hiroko Takeda 20. Japanese Immigration Policy Ken Haig 21.Japan’s Environmental Politics and Change: Local, National and Global Peng Er Lam Section 4: Political Economy and Policymaking 22. The Evolution of the Japanese Policymaking System Gregory W. Noble 23. The Politics of Economic Reform Aurelia George Mulgan 24.The Politics of Scarcity: Fixing Japan’s Public Finances, Gene Park 25. The Politics and Implications of Postal Reform Patricia L. Maclachlan Section 5: International Relations and Security 26. Japan and East Asian Economic Regionalism Mireya Solis 27. The Haunt of History in Japan's Foreign Relations Jennifer Lind 28. The Politics of National Security Andrew L. Oros 29.Japan-U.S. Relations Michael J. Green 30. Japan-China Relations: Structure or Management? Ming Wan 31. Drifting Apart? Japan-EU Relations Julie Gilson 32. The Other Rashomon Story: International Norms and Continuing Constructions of Japaneseness David Leheny

About the Editor

ALISA LYNN GAUNDER is Associate Professor of Political Science at Southwestern University. She was hired to build the East Asian studies program there. She is the author of Political Reform in Japan: Leadership Looming Large, Routledge, 2007.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General