Japanese Governance

Beyond Japan Inc.

Edited by Jennifer Amyx, Peter Drysdale

© 2002 – Routledge

228 pages

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Hardback: 9780415304696
pub: 2002-11-28
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About the Book

Japan Inc was once used to describe the powerful political and economic system that delivers Japan's transformation to an industrial power. This book is about the breakdown and failure of policy coherence in Japan in the 1990s and how the political economy of Japan has changed in response. The essays in the volume seek to identify where change has occurred, as well as where things have not changed and why. The issue of policymaking transparency is accorded particular attention.

The book covers a wide range of Japanese institutions and policy areas, including the political party system, electoral and legal reforms, deliberation councils and the financial and agricultural sectors. The findings suggest that resistance to change through the political system is at the root of Japan's inability to deal with its national policy problems. Nonetheless, there has been considerable reform and change towards more open economic and political competition. And, these changes profoundly affect the way in which foreign governments must now relate to domestic political processes in their dealings with Japan.

This interdisciplinary book draws together contributions from experts in political science, economics, law and Japanese studies to give a deeper understanding of how Japan's political economy and policymaking processes are working today.

Reviews

'A broad and deep examination of how Japan's political economy and policymaking processes function, leading to the development of a greater understanding of how foreign governments in particular should and might handle Japan in the future.' - Contemporary Review

About the Editors

Jennifer Amyx is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Pete Drysdale is a Professor of Economics and the Executive Director of the Australian-Japan Research Centre at the Australian National University.

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General