This book looks at the gendering of the political system in Japan and the effects of that system on gender equality in national-level politics specifically and wider society more generally. It examines the approach taken by the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to issues of gender equality in Japan, and the repercussions of that approach on women’s political experiences and representation. This book covers a range of themes including the role of the LDP and other major political parties in constructing the modern Japanese political system, the under-representation of women in Japanese politics, women’s experiences in party politics and the gendering of government policies. Using in-depth interviews with women members of the national Diet, the book sheds light on how political women negotiate the male-dominated world of Japanese politics.
"The chronic under-representation of women in Japanese politics is a fascination area of inquiry for political scientists, democratic theorists, and gender scholars interested in how supposedly 'neutral' democratic institutions get coopted by vested interests. As Emma dalton's research shows, male-dominated political parties such as Japan's Liberal Democractic Party (LDP) often explicitly reproduce legaices of political exclusion long after formal laws excluding women from electoral participation are overtrned. Combining institutionalism, discourse analysis, and experiential accounts of women parliamentarians, Dalton's book should be required reading for students interested in democratic institutions and citizenship in contemporary Japan."
Jackie F. Steele, The University of Tokoyo, Pacific Affairs: Volume 91, No. 1 - March 2018
Introduction 1. Women, Power and Politics under LDP Rule: Gender Equity Discourses and Practices 1955-1993 2. Post-1993 Political Power Structures and Gender Equity Policies 3. Ambivalent Ambitions 4. The Importance of Women in Politics 5. Negotiating a Masculinised Party Culture Conclusion: The Failure of ‘Equality’ and the Possibility of Gender Quotas