Governance for a New Century: Japanese Challenges, American Experience

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Japan and the United States face many similar challenges of governance. Japan in particular is confronted with a serious crisis of governance with profound implications for its ability to deal with the decade-long economic stagnation and the deteriorating public trust in political processes. This book explores the evolving patterns of governance in the two countries as they grapple with the changes wrought by the forces of globalization. Focusing on the volatile period of Japanese politics since the burst of the ...

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Overview

Japan and the United States face many similar challenges of governance. Japan in particular is confronted with a serious crisis of governance with profound implications for its ability to deal with the decade-long economic stagnation and the deteriorating public trust in political processes. This book explores the evolving patterns of governance in the two countries as they grapple with the changes wrought by the forces of globalization. Focusing on the volatile period of Japanese politics since the burst of the bubble economy in the early 1990s, the book features chapters on Japanese public opinion, elections, political finance, party politics, policymaking, institutional reform, and the role of the private sector in public affairs. Five Japanese scholars and practitioners write about the efforts under way in Japan to restructure its electoral and governing processes and to cope with its major policy challenges, and five American policy experts respond with insights from American experience.

Contributors include Kato Hideki (Japan Initiative), Shiozaki Yasuhisa, (Japanese House of Representatives), Taniguchi Masaki, (University of Tokyo), Yoshida Shin'ichi, (Asahi Shimbun and University of Tokyo), and E. J. Dionne Jr., Paul C. Light, James M. Lindsay, and R. Kent Weaver (Brookings Institution).

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  • ISBN-13: 9784889070613
  • Publisher: Japan Center Intl Exchange
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 133
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Mann is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the W. Averell Harriman Chair. He is a frequent media commentator on American politics. Sasaki Takeshi is president of the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Overview 3
2 Distrust of Politics: Will Voters Transform the Nature of Governance? 14
3 Why Does the Wind Blow? The Economy and the Future of Japanese Political Reform 29
4 Breaking the State Monopoly on Public Affairs 35
5 The Tides of Reform Arrive in Japan 48
6 Changes in the Japanese Policymaking Process 53
7 The Promise and Peril of Legislative Reform 63
8 Money and Politics in Japan 72
9 Managing the Problems of Political Finance 85
10 The Changing Shape of Party Politics and Governance in Japan 94
11 The Limits of Institutional Reform in Japan 118
About the Contributors 127
Index 131
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