Strategic Capitalism: Private Business and Public Purpose in Japanese Industrial Finance

Strategic Capitalism: Private Business and Public Purpose in Japanese Industrial Finance

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By (author) Kent E. Calder

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 395 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 235mm x 26mm | 508g
  • Publication date: 23 July 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691044759
  • ISBN 13: 9780691044750
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 16 figures, 15 tables

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Was Japan's economic miracle generated primarily by the Japanese state or by the nation's dynamic private sector? In addressing this question, Kent Calder's richly detailed study offers a distinctive reinterpretation of Japanese government-business relations. Calder challenges popular opinion to demonstrate how Japanese private enterprise has complemented the state in achieving the national purpose of industrial transformation.

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"[Calder] challenges [Chalmers] Johnson's depiction of Japan as a supremely successful government-command form of capitalism. Japan's private sector, he asserts, has been more independent and self-starting than the Johnson school would allow... Strategic Capitalism is magnificently researched."--Robert Neff, Business Week "Who ensured that loans flowed to Japan's winner industries, such as automobiles and consumer electronics? It wasn't brilliant bureaucrats, Mr. Calder argues with considerable force. The book marshals plenty of evidence of how passive and 'regulatory' the Japanese state frequently was, and how powerless its industrial strategists were against bureaucratic, business, and political foes."--Urban C. Lehner, The Wall Street Journal "Calder's book is well documented, lucid, and convincing--truly a landmark study."--Thomas McNaugher, The Key Reporter

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Was Japan's economic miracle generated primarily by the Japanese state or by the nation's dynamic private sector? In addressing this question, Kent Calder's richly detailed study offers a distinctive reinterpretation of Japanese government-business relations. Calder challenges popular opinion to demonstrate how Japanese private enterprise has complemented the state in achieving the national purpose of industrial transformation. Drawing on previously unexamined Japanese sources, he clearly shows the difficulties experienced by the government in picking potential industrial winners, together with its successes at the constructive but more limited tasks of providing public infrastructure, encouraging technological borrowing across industries, and promoting mixed public-private enterprises. While outlining the limits of Japanese government efforts to organize and transform economic life, Calder also highlights the important contributions of stable private sector partnerships between banking and industry: often relegating the state to a reactive brokerage role, keiretsu, or industrial groups, and Japan's long-term credit banks have fostered key infant sectors such as automobiles and electronics and have also systematically restructured declining industries. Strategic Capitalism is a book for all those interested in the formation of industrial policy, market-oriented yet public-spirited alternatives to bureaucratic guidance, and the true origins of Japan's global competitiveness.