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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics

Edited By

Alisa Gaunder

ISBN 9781138182851
Published December 1, 2015 by Routledge
464 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


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