Crisis and Compensation: Public Policy and Political Stability in Japan / Edition 1

Crisis and Compensation: Public Policy and Political Stability in Japan / Edition 1

by Kent E. Calder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691023387

ISBN-13: 9780691023380

Pub. Date: 02/01/1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Why does Japan, with its efficiency-oriented technocracy, periodically adopt welfare-oriented, economically inefficient domestic policies? In answering this question Kent Calder shows that Japanese policymakers respond to threats to the ruling party's preeminence by extending income compensation, entitlements, and subsidies, with market-oriented retrenchment coming

Overview

Why does Japan, with its efficiency-oriented technocracy, periodically adopt welfare-oriented, economically inefficient domestic policies? In answering this question Kent Calder shows that Japanese policymakers respond to threats to the ruling party's preeminence by extending income compensation, entitlements, and subsidies, with market-oriented retrenchment coming as crisis subsides. "Quite simply the most ambitious and strongly argued interpretation of a key dimension of Japanese political life to appear in English this decade."—David Williams, Japan Times "Historically dense and conceptually rich.... [Forces] readers' attention to the domestic underpinnings of Japanese foreign policy."—Donald S. Zagoria, Foreign Affairs "Punctures the myth of Japan Inc. as a cool, rational monolith...."—Kathleen Newland, Millennium "A bold reinterpretation of Japanese politics that will force us to rethink many of our current assumptions and will influence our research agenda."—Steven R. Reed, Journal of Japanese Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691023380
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.35(d)

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