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Japanese democracy : power, coordination, and performance

Author: Bradley M Richardson
Publisher: New Haven, Conn : Yale University Press, ©1997.
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In this new analysis of democracy in Japan, Bradley Richardson refutes the widely accepted hypothesis that postwar Japan has been a semiauthoritarian and consensual state, heavily influenced by corporations and led by the government bureaucracy. On the contrary, Richardson's extensive newspaper and documentary research shows that Japanese political life has been extremely fragmented and discordant at all levels - in
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Richardson, Bradley M.
Japanese democracy.
New Haven, Conn : Yale University Press, ©1997
(DLC) 96022203
(OCoLC)34958659
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bradley M Richardson
ISBN: 0585351872 9780585351872
OCLC Number: 47011241
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 325 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Postwar politics: images and questions --
Political culture and electoral behavior --
Parties under the "1955 system" --
Party fragmentation and coalition dynamics --
Executive and bureaucratic power --
Legislative politics --
Interests, policy, and power --
Business interests and political life --
The government and the economy --
Japan as a bargained distributive democracy.
Responsibility: Bradley Richardson.

Abstract:

In this new analysis of democracy in Japan, Bradley Richardson refutes the widely accepted hypothesis that postwar Japan has been a semiauthoritarian and consensual state, heavily influenced by corporations and led by the government bureaucracy. On the contrary, Richardson's extensive newspaper and documentary research shows that Japanese political life has been extremely fragmented and discordant at all levels - in the bureaucracy, legislatures, parties, and interest groups and in business and industry.

In Japanese Democracy, Richardson explores power relations and demonstrates how Japan's political system is unlike Great Britain's and similar to those of the United States and Italy, where politics is decentralized and decisions are made at many levels. He draws some important conclusions: that Japan's postwar industrial policy has not always been successful, that the country is as much an economic welfare state as it is an economic "miracle," and that the lack of strong leadership has kept Japan from playing a more assertive role in the international arena. As in the United States, private interests hold central policymaking processes hostage, and weak leadership prevails.

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