The Logic of Japanese Politics: Leaders, Institutions, and the Limits of Change

The Logic of Japanese Politics: Leaders, Institutions, and the Limits of Change

by Gerald Curtis

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ISBN-13: 9780231108430
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2000
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gerald L. Curtis is Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and the former director of the East Asian Institute. He is the author of The Japanese Way of Politics and Election Campaigning Japanese Style, both published by Columbia University Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction11. The Politics of Complacency2. The End of One-Party Dominance3. The Rise and Fall of Coalition Government4. The Politics of Electoral Reform5. The LDP's Return to Power6. Japan's Uncertain Political Future

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

The Logic of Japanese Politics offers a hugely fascinating tour through contemporary Japanese politics. Gerry Curtis makes the mysterious understandable while shaking up your view of what might have seemed obvious. Specialists will appreciate Curtis's expertise, but anyone who loves politics will be grateful for this insightful look at how power works in Japan.

T.J. Pempel

Few Westerners have a longer or deeper familiarity with the personalities of Japanese party politics than Gerald Curtis. In The Logic of Japanese Politics he provides a masterfully nuanced analysis of the complex interplay between Japanese leaders and institutions during the 1990s. This is an essential book for anyone anxious to follow the political developments of this dynamic decade.

John Campbell

Curtis explains the twists and turns of Japanese politics in the 1990s with the canny eye of the insider's insider, and brings his political science wisdom to bear on the deeper trends of Japanese politics and society.

E. J. Dionne Jr.

The Logic of Japanese Politics offers a hugely fascinating tour through contemporary Japanese politics. Gerry Curtis makes the mysterious understandable while shaking up your view of what might have seemed obvious. Specialists will appreciate Curtis's expertise, but anyone who loves politics will be grateful for this insightful look at how power works in Japan.

E. J. Dionne Jr., The Brookings Institution, author of Why Americans Hate Politics

David Halberstam

No American has done a better job of explaining the seemingly inexplicable world of Japanese politics than Professor Gerry Curtis of Columbia. His latest book, his best, is extremely valuable, concise, thoughtful, and very well written.

Andrew DeWitt

There are no scholars better suited than [Curtis] to show the way, given his more than three decades of research on Japan and his unparalleled access to many of the country's major political figures.

Ezra Vogel

In this vivid, scholarly account of the end of one-party dominance and the search for a new political order Curtis provides fascinating accounts of political maneuvering which he places in the perspective of comparative politics.

Robert D. Hormats

Gerald Curtis has produced a brilliantly written, powerfully argued, and profoundly insightful analysis of the complex cultural, institutional, and human factors that shape policy in Japan.... This is a must-read for anyone who seeks to genuinely understand America's largest overseas trading partner and major Pacific ally.

Peter Drysdale

Gerald Curtis is the author of an earlier classic, Election Campaigning Japanese Style, on the electioneering process in Japan. He has done it again with this book—encyclopedic in its coverage of Japanese politics in the 1990s and heuristic in its interpretation of the changes that led to the breakdown of the 1955 system and the emergence of Japan's new politics at the end of the century. It is an indispensable reference for anyone who needs to know how the political system in Japan works today and needs to understand its uncertain future.

T. J. Pempel

Few Westerners have a longer or deeper familiarity with the personalities of Japanese party politics than Gerald Curtis. In The Logic of Japanese Politics he provides a masterfully nuanced analysis of the complex interplay between Japanese leaders and institutions during the 1990s. This is an essential book for anyone anxious to follow the political developments of this dynamic decade.

T. J. Pempel, Boeing Professor of International Studies, University of Washington

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