Japan's Political Marketplace / Edition 1

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Overview


Mark Ramseyer and Frances McCall Rosenbluth show how rational-choice theory can be applied to Japanese politics. Using the concept of principal and agent,Ramseyer/and Rosenbluth construct a persuasive account of political relationships in Japan. In doing so, they demonstrate that political considerations and institutional arrangements reign in what, to most of the world, looks like an independently powerful bureaucratic state.
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Editorial Reviews

Pacific Affairs

Ramseyer and Rosenbluth present a view of Japanese politics that coherently links voters, politicians, bureaucrats, and judges into patterns of interaction governed by the logic of the 'political marketplace.' They succeed in demonstrating that many of the analytical tools developed to study the politics of advanced Western democracies are not only applicable in the Japanese context, but also are capable of yielding novel interpretations of politics in Japan.
— Amy Searight

Asian Affairs

[A] Well researched and carefully thought out study of Japanese politics.
— Hugh Cortazzi

American Journal of Sociology

Fodder for scholarly research for years to come.
— Steven R. Reed

Pacific Affairs - Amy Searight
Ramseyer and Rosenbluth present a view of Japanese politics that coherently links voters, politicians, bureaucrats, and judges into patterns of interaction governed by the logic of the 'political marketplace.' They succeed in demonstrating that many of the analytical tools developed to study the politics of advanced Western democracies are not only applicable in the Japanese context, but also are capable of yielding novel interpretations of politics in Japan.
Asian Affairs - Hugh Cortazzi
[A] Well researched and carefully thought out study of Japanese politics.
American Journal of Sociology - Steven R. Reed
Fodder for scholarly research for years to come.
Booknews
Challenging all the sui genera and ad hoc theories, explains Japanese politics in terms of simple, old fashion rational choice. Focusing on the (then) ruling Liberal Democratic Party, shows how politicians mold their organizations to the existing framework and exploit the system to their maximum advantage while staying (mostly) within constitutional bounds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674472815
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Mark Ramseyer is Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard University Law School.

Frances McCall Rosenbluth is Professor of Political Science at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Electoral Rules and Party Strategy

Demographics and Policy

Party Factions

Party Organization

Political Structure and Bureaucratic Incentives

Bureaucratic Manipulation

Political Structure and Judicial Incentives

Judicial Manipulation

Conclusion: Political Markets and Electoral Change

Notes

Reference

Index

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