Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics

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Alisa Gaunder
Taylor & Francis, Feb 25, 2011 - Political Science - 464 pages

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.

 

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Contents

1 The institutional landscape of Japanese politics
3
An explanation of its successes and failures
14
Development organization and programmatic profile
24
4 The rationale for coalition government
36
5 Prime ministerial leadership
48
6 Election systems and campaign rules
60
Regulation and reform
70
8 The influence of voters
81
19 Genderrelated social policy
212
20 Japanese immigration policy
223
Local national and global
236
Political economy and policymaking
247
22 The evolution of the Japanese policymaking system
249
23 The politics of economic reform
261
Fixing Japans public finances
273
25 The politics and implications of postal reform
284

9 Democratizing the law in Japan
92
10 Local government in Japan
103
Civil society
115
11 State and civil society in Japan
117
12 The Japanese conception of citizenship
130
13 Volunteer organizations remaking democracy in Japan
140
14 Civil society and the internet
152
15 The labor movement
162
16 The womens movements
175
Social and public policy
187
The evolution of Japans welfare state
189
18 Policies for an aginglow fertility society
201
International relations and security
295
26 Japan and East Asian economic regionalism
297
27 The haunt of history in Japans foreign relations
309
28 The politics of national security
320
29 JapanUS relations
331
Structure or management?
339
JapanEU relations
350
international norms and continuing constructions of Japaneseness
361
Glossary
372
Bibliography
380
Index
417
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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.

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