The Japan That Never Was: Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country

The Japan That Never Was: Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country

by Dick Beason, Dennis Patterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791460401

ISBN-13: 9780791460405

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In this book, the authors address Japan’s economic crisis of the 1990s. They argue that most attempts to reconcile Japan’s past success with its current problems have been inadequate, primarily because scholars fail to fully understand how Japan’s political-economic system was organized and how it operated in the past. Revealing that certain…  See more details below

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In this book, the authors address Japan’s economic crisis of the 1990s. They argue that most attempts to reconcile Japan’s past success with its current problems have been inadequate, primarily because scholars fail to fully understand how Japan’s political-economic system was organized and how it operated in the past. Revealing that certain long-term political and economic trends suggested in subtle but unambiguous ways that the crisis of the 1990s was long in the making, the authors offer an alternative explanation for Japan’s postwar political-economic trajectory and a better understanding of the challenges that Japan currently faces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791460405
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and figures
Acknowledgments
IThe misunderstood country
1The Japan that never was2
2How different is different? Bureaucrats, politicians, and economic policy making in postwar Japan11
IIPolitical economics in a capitalist Japan
3The problem of Japanese industrial policy30
4Management practices and labor relations: a Japanese system or economic incentives?53
5The postwar Japanese economy: from high growth to structural adjustment79
IIIPolitics and policy making in a democratic nation
6The electoral origins of Japan's economic policies96
7Political change and economic policy making113
8Postwar Japanese politics: from LDP predominance to coalition politics141
IVJapan in the new millennium
9The past in Japan's political-economic future164
Notes181
References199
Index209

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