The Politics of Oligarchy: Institutional Choice in Imperial Japan / Edition 1

The Politics of Oligarchy: Institutional Choice in Imperial Japan / Edition 1

by J. Mark Ramseyer, Frances McCall Rosenbluth
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521636493

ISBN-13: 9780521636490

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines a key question of modern Japanese politics: why the Meiji oligarchs were unable to design institutions capable of protecting their power. The authors question why the oligarchs chose the political institutions they did, and what the consequences of those choices were for Japan's political competition, economic development, and diplomatic

Overview

This book examines a key question of modern Japanese politics: why the Meiji oligarchs were unable to design institutions capable of protecting their power. The authors question why the oligarchs chose the political institutions they did, and what the consequences of those choices were for Japan's political competition, economic development, and diplomatic relations. Indeed, they argue, it was the oligarchs' very inability to agree among themselves on how to rule that prompted them to cut the military loose from civilian control—a decision that was to have disastrous consequences not only for Japan but for the rest of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521636490
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables and figure; Series editors' preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The collapse of oligarchy: failed attempts at cartel-maintenance; 3. Concession or facade: the Meiji constitution; 4. Electoral rules and party competition: the struggle for political survival; 5. The bureaucracy: who ruled whom?; 6. The courts: who monitored whom?; 7. The military: master of its own fate; 8. Financial politics; 9. Railroad politics; 10. Cotton politics; 11. Conclusion: institutions and political control; Notes; References; Index.

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