Authority without Power: Law and the Japanese Paradox
This book offers a comprehensive interpretive study of the role of law in contemporary Japan. Haley argues that the weakness of legal controls throughout Japanese history has assured the development and strength of informal community controls based on custom and consensus to maintain order--an order characterized by remarkable stability, with an equally significant degree of autonomy for individuals, communities, and businesses. Haley concludes by showing how Japan's weak legal system has reinforced preexisting patterns of extralegal social control, thus explaining many of the fundamental paradoxes of political and social life in contemporary Japan.
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This book provides a good analysis of the historical roots of the modern Japanese legal system and discards certain persistent myths about the Japanese tendency to avoid conflict. Some emphases ... Read full review
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